Spinal cord and brain at 7T using qMRI

This project aims to assess the reproducibility of ultra-high field qMRI and resting-state fMRI of the cervical spinal cord and brain at 7T scanner in a multi-center study, with Zurich as coordinating center.

Ultra-high field MRI is currently an emerging field, with the first clinical 7T MR system in Switzerland installed at the Balgrist Campus.

Compared to conventional clinical MR systems, ultra-high field MRI yields higher image resolution and enhanced tissue contrast. Having validated and proven imaging protocols is a necessary first step to adopt ultra-high field MRI for clinical use.

We will further compare vital performance indicators between different 7T cervical spine coils, including both custom-built coils and commercial alternatives. A direct comparison of the performance of various coil designs is instrumental to ensure optimal data quality and guide future coil development.

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