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Abstract #3471

Visible “Butterfly” of the Cervical Spinal Cord: A Pilot study using high-resolution Phase-Sensitive and multiple Fast Field Echo MR imaging

bingbing gao1, Yanwei Miao1, Qingwei Song1, Ailian Liu1, and Jiazheng Wang2
1the First Affiliated hospital of Dalian Medical university, Dalian, China, 2Philips Healthcare, BeiJing, China

Discrimination of gray and white matters on the axial-spinal-marrow MRI remains a challenge, due to the small structure size and motion artifacts from such as swallowing and blood flow. The present study aims to visualize the cervical spinal marrow with high resolution axial phase-sensitive inversion recovery (PSIR) and multiple Fast Field Echo (FFE) images, and further to detect the image quality differentially on gray and white matters. The “butterfly” structure could be seen on both of the two contrast images, but the PSIR images were associated with significantly higher signal-to-noise ratios.

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