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Abstract #0434

Quantitative neuroimaging biomarkers using 3D UTE MRI and ferumoxytol

Codi Gharagouzloo1, Praveen Kulkarni2, Joshua Leaston1, Kevin Johnson3, Jonathan Polimeni4, Ju Qiao5, Misung Han6, Peder Larson6, and Craig Ferris2
1Imaginostics, Inc., Cambridge, MA, United States, 2Center for Translational Neuroimaging, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, United States, 3Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin–School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, United States, 4Martinos Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston, MA, United States, 5Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States, 6University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States

New quantitative vascular neuroimaging biomarkers are made possible by the combination of optimized 3D UTE MRI and ferumoxytol for contrast enhancement. Here, we have shown that this method, QUTE-CE MRI, can be used to image both the vascular and perivascular space. The small vessel density biomarker demonstrated sensitivity to hyper-to-normal microvascularization from 8-24 months of age in an ApoE4 genetic knock-in rat model. Disruption in the blood brain barrier was detected in individual animals and groups after even a single mild hit to the head. Finally, feasibility of QUTE-CE MRI is demonstrated on clinical scanners for human imaging.

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