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The design, construction and use of a large-scale field-cycled proton-electron double-resonance imaging (FC-PEDRI) imager is described. The imager is based on a whole-body sized, vertical field, 59 mT permanent magnet. Field cycling is accomplished by the field compensation method, and uses a secondary, resistive magnet with an internal diameter of 52 cm.(More)
Fast field-cycling MRI offers access to sources of endogenous information not available from conventional fixed-field imagers. One example is the T(1) dispersion curve: a plot of T(1) versus field strength. We present a pulse sequence that combines saturation-recovery/inversion-recovery T(1) determination with field cycling and point-resolved spectroscopy(More)
Proton electron double resonance imaging (PEDRI) uses the Overhauser effect to image the distribution of free-radicals in biological samples and animals. Standard MRI hardware and software is used, with the addition of hardware to irradiate the free-radical-of-interest's EPR resonance. For in vivo applications it must be implemented at a sufficiently low(More)
Proton electron double resonance imaging (PEDRI) measures the spatial distribution of paramagnetic species in biological samples using the Overhauser effect. Triaryl methyl (TAM) free radicals have been developed as a spin probe for PEDRI since they have very long T(1e). Therefore, low RF power levels are sufficient to saturate the electron spin system with(More)
Proton electron double resonance imaging (PEDRI) was used for monitoring in vivo the distribution, metabolism and, in particular, the excretion mechanism of the exogenous nitroxide free radical proxyl carboxylic acid (PCA) in the rat. PCA clearance half-lives through liver, abdominal vessels, and renal tissues were determined from a series of PEDRI images(More)
Magnetisation transfer contrast (MTC) is an important MR contrast generating mechanism to characterise the undetectable bound protons indirectly using the decreased signal intensity of the observable free protons. MTC imaging typically employs a range of off-resonance RF pre-saturation pulse with maintaining the RF magnetic field (B(1)) at a specified(More)
PURPOSE Fast field-cycling MRI (FFC-MRI) is a technique that promises to expand upon the diagnostic capabilities of conventional MRI by allowing the main field, B0 , to be varied during a pulse sequence, thus allowing access to new types of endogenous contrast. However, this necessitates longer scan times, which can limit the technique's application to(More)
The use of Fast Field-Cycling (FFC) in combination with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been increasing gradually in recent years [1]. The first use of FFC-MRI was in conjunction with Proton-Electron Double-Resonance Imaging (PEDRI) to image the distribution of free radicals in biological samples, making use of the Overhauser effect. Field-cycling(More)
Fast field-cycling (FFC) MRI allows switching of the magnetic field during an imaging scan. FFC-MRI takes advantage of the T(1) dispersion properties of contrast agents to improve contrast, thus enabling more sensitive detection of the agent. A new contrast agent designed specifically for use with FFC was imaged using both a homebuilt FFC-MRI system and a 3(More)
Magnetisation Transfer Contrast (MTC) is an important MR contrast-generating mechanism to characterise the MR-invisible macromolecular protons using an off-resonance pre-saturation RF irradiation pulse (or MT pulse). MTC MRI is normally implemented at a fixed magnetic field; however, it may be useful to evaluate changes of the MT effect as a function of(More)