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Several studies have shown that obesity is associated with changes in human brain function and structure. Since women are more susceptible to obesity than men, it seems plausible that neural correlates may also be different. However, this has not been demonstrated so far. To address this issue, we systematically investigated the brain's white matter (WM)(More)
Spatiotemporally structured noise, such as physiological noise, is a potential source of artifacts in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and is the main limiting factor for the detection of small blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal variations. fMRI was employed to detect low-frequency BOLD signal fluctuations, which are thought to be(More)
The transverse relaxation time, T *(2), of hyperpolarized (HP) gas in the lung in vivo is an important parameter for pulse sequence optimization and image contrast. We obtained T *(2) maps of HP (3)He and (129)Xe in guinea pig lungs (n = 17) and in human lungs. Eight different sets of (3)He guinea pig studies were acquired, with variation of slice(More)
In imaging of hyperpolarized noble gases, a knowledge of the diffusion coefficient (D) is important both as a contrast mechanism and in the design of pulse sequences. We have made diffusion coefficient maps of both hyperpolarized (3)He and (129)Xe in guinea pig lungs. Along the length of the trachea, (3)He D values were on average 2.4 cm(2)/sec, closely(More)
PURPOSE MRI methods sensitive to functional changes in cerebral blood volume (CBV) may map neural activity with better spatial specificity than standard functional MRI (fMRI) methods based on blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) effect. The purpose of this study was to develop and investigate a vascular space occupancy (VASO) method with high sensitivity to(More)
Measuring the morphology of the cerebral microvasculature by vessel-size imaging (VSI) is a promising approach for clinical applications, such as the characterization of tumor angiogenesis and stroke. Despite the great potential of VSI, this method has not yet found widespread use in practice due to the lack of experience in testing it on healthy humans.(More)
Eddy-current (EC) and motion effects in diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) bias the estimation of quantitative diffusion indices, such as the fractional anisotropy. Both effects can be retrospectively corrected by registering the strongly distorted diffusion-weighted images to less-distorted T2-weighted images acquired without diffusion weighting. Two different(More)
Functional MRI (fMRI) by means of spin-echo (SE) techniques provides an interesting alternative to gradient-echo methods because the contrast is based primarily on dynamic averaging associated with the blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) effect. In this article the contributions from different brain compartments to BOLD signal changes in SE echo planar(More)
Continuous arterial spin labeling (CASL) using adiabatic inversion is a widely used approach for perfusion imaging. For the quantification of perfusion, a reliable determination of the labeling efficiency is required. A numerical method for predicting the labeling efficiency in CASL experiments under various experimental conditions, including spin(More)
The nuclear spin polarization of the noble gas isotopes (3)He and (129)Xe can be increased using optical pumping methods by four to five orders of magnitude. This extraordinary gain in polarization translates directly into a gain in signal strength for MRI. The new technology of hyperpolarized (HP) gas MRI holds enormous potential for enhancing sensitivity(More)