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Abstract #0149

Quasi-steady-state (QUASS) CEST for robust quantification of tumor MT and APT effects by correction of saturation time and relaxation delay

Xiao-Yong Zhang1, Botao Zhao1, Zhe Phillip Sun2, and Yin Wu3
1Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States, 3Paul C. Lauterbur Research Center for Biomedical Imaging, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen, China

To reduce CEST measurement’s dependence on long RF saturation duration (Ts) and relaxation delay (Td), we developed a post-processing strategy to derive the quasi-steady-state (QUASS) CEST from apparent measurements. The simulation and in-vivo experiment results show that the apparent MT and APT effects and their contrast substantially depend on Ts and Td. In comparison, the QUASS MT and APT effects and their difference between contralateral normal tissue and tumor exhibit little dependence on Ts and Td. To conclude, the QUASS CEST algorithm enables robust CEST quantification and offers a straightforward approach to standardize CEST measurements.

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