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Abstract #7926

MR Relaxometry in the Heart

Matthew David Robson1

1Cardiovascular Medicine, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom

Characterizing cardiac tissue using MRI is a desirable goal that with the advances of modern scanning technology is becoming ever more possible. One approach presently revolves around attempting to obtain images of the heart that are maps of specific NMR relaxation parameters (typically T2*, T2, T1) and then relating the changes in these fundamental properties to disease in the tissue so as to decide on treatments, these fundamental parameters can be enhanced with exogenous or intrinsic contrast agents. Several acquisition approaches have been demonstrated and these methods, their clinical utility and the underlying mechanisms will be discussed.

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