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Abstract #1479

Quantitative inhomogeneous MT with Cramer Rao lower bound optimized protocol to distinguish tissue from donors with/without Multiple Sclerosis

Gopal Varma1, Aaron K Grant1, Olivier M Girard2, Guillaume Duhamel2, and David C Alsop1
1Radiology, Division of MR Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 2CNRS, CRMBM, Aix-Marseille Univ, Marseille, France

Inhomogeneous magnetization transfer (ihMT) is predominantly associated with myelin imaging and shows promise in detection and monitoring myelin related disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS). Extraction of quantitative parameters from ihMT data (qihMT) would ideally provide information independent of the ihMT sequence. We used Cramer Rao lower bound analysis to develop an optimized acquisition protocol for qihMT and simulations to test the fidelity of the protocol. Preliminary application to central nervous system samples showed differences in free pool longitudinal relaxation rate R1a, bound pool transverse relaxation time T2b, and dipolar relaxation time T1d between specimens from donors with and without MS.

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