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A radial BURST approach combining BURST excitations with projection reconstruction (PR) gradients for excitation and acquisition is introduced. With the application of PR gradients during excitation, the applied RF energy is distributed more homogeneously across the sample than in the initial BURST approach. Computer simulations of the radial BURST(More)
It is shown that thermally polarized 3He gas can be used to measure important physical parameters and to design, test, and tune imaging sequences. The bulk values of T1, T2, and the diffusion coefficient were measured in a glass cell containing a mixture of helium-3 (0.8 bar) and oxygen (0.2 bar). They were found to be T1 = 7 s, T2 = 2.4 s, and D = 1.6 cm2(More)
The first 3He nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments using low-temperature prepolarization are presented. 3He cells were polarized at 4.2 K and 4.7 T, transported to another magnet, heated to room temperature, and used for NMR experiments at 2.35 T. Cells with and without a rubidium coating were tested. In both cases, the NMR signal was greater than(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the recently proposed technique of 3He prepolarization at low temperature and high field (Kober et al. Magn Reson Med 1999; 41:1084-1087) for fast imaging of the lung. Helium-3 was cooled to 2.4 K in a magnetic field of 8 Tesla to obtain a polarization of 0.26%. The polarized 3He was warmed up to room temperature(More)
Hyperpolarized 129Xe was dissolved in a lipid emulsion and administered to anaesthetized rats by manual injections into the carotid (approximately 1-1.5 mL in a maximum time of 30 s). During injection, 129Xe NMR brain spectra at 2.35 T were recorded over 51 s, with a repetition time of 253 ms. Two peaks assigned to dissolved 129Xe were observed (the larger(More)
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