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Abstract #0984

Towards Clinical Application of the T2* quantification in the 7T Cardiac MRI: Reproducibility Study in Healthy Volunteers.

Maxim Terekhov1, Theresa Reiter2, Michael Hock1, David Lohr1, Wolfgang Bauer1,2, and Laura M. Schreiber1
1Chair of Molecular and Cellular Imaging, University Hospital Würzburg, Comprehensive Heart Failure Center, Wuerzburg, Germany, 2Department of Internal Medicine I, Cardiology, University Hospital Würzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany

7T cardiac MRI is an emerging technique with the potential to increase the spatial resolution and functional informativity of the cardiac images. T2*-quantification becomes a more sensitive MRI method at 7T compared to the lower B0-fields and may provide valuable information on cardiac tissue remodeling. However, in practice, the value of T2* at 7T as a marker of tissue alterations can be diminished by the suboptimal B0-shimming and problems of acquisition and analysis. We present the results of the reproducibility and quality assurance study with 10 healthy volunteers for the optimization of T2*-measurement protocol for a future clinical application.

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