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Validation of Fat/Water MRI

PI: H. Harry Hu

Non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a promising modality for assessing body fat, as it provides sensitive mechanisms to differentiate lean tissue from lipids.

The hypothesis of this project is that measurements of hepatic and pancreatic fat fraction derived from 3D IDEAL-SPGR MRI pulse sequence will correlate strongly with those obtained from the traditional single-voxel MRS.

The advantages to the IDEAL method over single-voxel NMR spectroscopy include greater speed, resolution, coverage and ease-of-use.

 

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