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Abstract #2073

Steady-state CEST-MRI using a reduced saturation period: Application to volumetric APT and rNOE brain imaging at 3T

Johannes Breitling1, Andreas Korzowski1, Mark E. Ladd1,2,3, Peter Bachert1,2, and Steffen Goerke1
1Division of Medical Physics in Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany, 2Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 3Faculty of Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany


In this study, we demonstrate the feasibility of obtaining steady-state 3D CEST contrasts of the human brain at 3T using a reduced saturation period. To this end, we applied our previous approach, which utilizes the analytical equation of the CEST signal, to an optimized clinical protocol using a fast volumetric snapshot-CEST acquisition. Measurements on model solutions and a volunteer demonstrated the feasibility with almost identical APT and rNOE contrasts for saturation durations as short as 1 second. Consequently, this facilitates quantitative CEST-MRI in humans within a reasonable and clinically relevant time frame.

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