Antonello Sotgiu

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A post-processing noise suppression technique for biomedical MRI images is presented. The described procedure recovers both sharp edges and smooth surfaces from a given noisy MRI image; it does not blur the edges and does not introduce spikes or other artefacts. The fine details of the image are also preserved. The proposed algorithm first extracts the(More)
This study presents NMR signal detection by means of a superconducting channel consisting of a Nb surface detection coil inductively coupled to a YBCO mixed sensor. The NMR system operates at a low-field (8.9mT) in a magnetically shielded room suitable for magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings. The main field is generated by a compact solenoid and the(More)
Patients with Parkinson's disease show unbalanced capability to manage self-paced vs externally driven movements, or automatic-associated movements with respect to the intended voluntary movements. We studied the effect of a selective loss of dopaminergic terminals within the striatum and the execution of a well-learned set-shifting task as revealed using(More)
Low frequency (280 MHz) electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy has been used to follow uptake, distribution and reduction of the nitroxyl spin label PCA in the rat. No difference of half life was found in seven rats submitted to three administrations of PCA (11.3 +/- 0.4; 11.0 +/- 0.6 and 11.5 +/- 0.7 min). Transversal two-dimensional images of PCA(More)
Clinical MRI/MRS applications require radio frequency (RF) surface coils positioned at an arbitrary angle α with respect to B0. In these experimental conditions the standard circular loop (CL) coil, producing an axial RF field, shows a large signal loss in the central region of interest (ROI). We demonstrate that transverse-field figure-of-eight (FO8) RF(More)
An omega-space adaptive acquisition technique for MRI from projections is presented. It is based on the evaluation of the information content of a set composed of four initial projections, measured at angles 0 degrees, 45 degrees, 90 degrees, and 135 degrees, followed by the selection of new angles where the information content is maximum. An entropy(More)
Endovascular catheterisation is performed by an interventional radiologist using fluoroscopic guide and contrast-media. The X-Ray exposure both of the patient and of the operators can induce heavy collateral effects. The present paper describes an innovative magnetic position/orientation indicator capable to drive the endovascular probe during in- vivo(More)
In U-shaped, hand-size magnetic resonance surface scanners, imaging is performed along only one spatial direction, with the application of just one gradient (one-dimensional imaging). Lateral spatial resolution can be obtained by magnet displacement, but, in this case, resolution is very poor (on the order of some millimeters) and cannot be useful for(More)
Introduction. Mobile unilateral magnets have been developed in the past ten years to investigate samples that cannot be moved or do not fit within the bore of traditional MRI scanners [1]. We have designed a novel device (see fig. 1) based on an elliptical magnet with a large free space at the centre of the magnet to host the entire coil system and,(More)