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Abstract #0395

Measuring Spinal Cord Blood Flow with Multi-delay pseudo Continuous Arterial Spinal Labeling (pCASL)

Qinyang Shou1, Xingfeng Shao1, and Danny JJ Wang1
1Laboratory of Functional MRI Technology (LOFT), Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States


The purpose of this study was to measure the spinal cord blood flow using high-resolution multi-delay pCASL. An optimized background suppression scheme was applied to suppress the cerebrospinal fluid signal. In-vivo study was performed on 5 healthy subjects. The results show stable cervical spinal cord (C1-C3) blood flow values within the spinal cord ROI, supporting the potential for further development and evaluation studies on noninvasive MRI of spinal cord perfusion.

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