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Abstract #4231

Evaluation of Lumbar Disc Herniation Using Ultrashort Echo Time Magnetization Transfer in Posterior Longitudinal Ligament and Nucleus Pulposus

Jianwei Liao1, Jin Liu1, Yajun Ma2, Xiaojun Chen1, Wei Li1, Lin Yao1, Long Qian3, Jiang Du2, and Shaolin Li1
1Department of Radiology, The Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhuhai, China, 2Department of Radiology, University of California, San Diego, CA, United States, 3MR Research, GE Healthcare, Guangzhou, China

Magnetization transfer ratio (MTR) has been used for assessment of macromolecules in biological tissues. Ultrashort echo time technique magnetization transfer (UTE-MT) can quantify both of short and long T2 tissues, may have potential to evaluate early disc herniation. The current study aims to assess the feasibility of UTE-MT quantification of posterior longitudinal ligament and nucleus pulposus for evaluation of early disc herniation. It was concluded that the UTE-MT sequence is feasible to quantify posterior longitudinal ligament and nucleus pulposus in lumbar. Posterior longitudinal ligament and nucleus pulposus UTE-MTR may provide a new opportunity for early prediction of lumbar disc herniation.

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