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Abstract #3233

Relaxometry and Contrast Optimization for Laryngeal Imaging at 3 Tesla

Meredith Ireene Taylor 1 , Haonon Wang 1 , James Badal 1 , Kevin Perkins 1 , Daniel J. Park 1 , Joshua Kaggie 2 , Jonathan Wisco 3 , and Neal K. Bangerter 1,2

1 Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, United States, 2 Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, 3 Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, United States

Models of vocal fold biomechanics and vibration can be used to study voice physics and to guide clinicians as they attempt to restore or preserve voice quality in persons with vocal or speech disorders. To assist in the design of these accurate models we created a custom 2-channel phased-array receive-only coil for high-resolution imaging of the larynx. T1 and T2 relaxometry was performed on an excised pig larynx to understand the MR signal characteristics of various tissues. These values were then used to choose optimal sequence parameters for maximizing contrast between two important tissues for modeling the larynx.

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