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Abstract #0423

Estimating the influence of magnetization transfer effects on cerebral blood flow quantification in pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling

Jan Petr 1 , Georg Schramm 1 , Frank Hofheinz 1 , Jens Maus 1 , and Jrg van den Hoff 1

1 PET center, Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf, Dresden, Germany

The magnetization transfer (MT) effects were studied in pseudo-continuous ASL (pCASL). The MT exchange rate was obtained from two pCASL sequences with and without labeling acquired at multiple delays. A mean white-matter MT exchange rate was obtained and the exchange rate in blood was derived from it. Effect on CBF quantification was then calculated using the standard pCASL quantification model for different distances from the labeling plane and different blood velocities in the arteries. CBF underestimation of up to 6% was shown in the slices closest to the labeling plane if the MT effects were ignored.

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