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Abstract #2184

Using T2/T2* - contrast to characterize kidney function during a waterload examination: Initial results at 3 Tesla

Florian Lietzmann 1 , Philipp Krmer 1 , and Lothar R. Schad 1

1 Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

We present an approach to measure the transversal relaxation time T2 to characterize kidney function during a water charge examination. Two healthy volunteers were included in our pilot study. Every subject had to undergo a 10h diet without any food or drink intake prior to the examinations. Data was acquired via a ROI readout in the calculated T2 maps. In conclusion, T2-BOLD-MRI is feasible and in contrast to conventional T2* BOLD-techniques the T2 measurement produce more consistent and reliable results characterizing kidney function during a waterload experiment.

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