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Abstract #2133

Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Magnetic Resonance Lymphangiography (ION-MRL): A New Technique for Imaging the Peripheral and Central Lymphatic System

Robert Carson Sibley1, Maxim A. Moroz1, Shreyas S. Vasanawala1, and Andreas M. Loening1
1Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States


MR lymphangiography (MRL) utilizing the clinically available small molecular weight gadolinium contrast agents suffers from diffusion of contrast out of the lymphatic system and into the blood pool. We describe a modified MRL technique where a clinically available iron oxide nanoparticle (ferumoxytol) is used as the lymphatic contrast agent. The higher molecular weight of these nanoparticles results in retention of contrast within the lymphatic system. This simplifies peripheral lymphatic imaging by eliminating the need for vascular contamination suppression techniques and should allow better tracking of contrast through the central lymphatics following pedal injections.

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