Robin A. Damion

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OBJECTIVE Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spin-lattice relaxation rates were measured in bovine and porcine articular cartilage as a function of water content. METHODS Water content was varied by freeze-drying samples for short periods of time (up to 15 min). The samples were weighed at all stages of drying so that water content could be quantified.(More)
Mixtures of 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium acetate ([C2mim][OAc]) and water across the entire composition range, from pure [C2mim][OAc] to pure water, have been investigated using density, viscosity, and NMR spectroscopy, relaxometry, and diffusion measurements. These results have been compared to ideal mixing laws for the microscopic data obtained from the(More)
The highly inhomogeneous distribution of collagen fibrils may have important effects on the biphasic mechanics of articular cartilage. However, the effect of the inhomogeneity of collagen fibrils has mainly been investigated using simplified three-layered models, which may have underestimated the effect of collagen fibrils by neglecting their realistic(More)
Solutions of microcrystalline cellulose in 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium acetate have been investigated using pulsed-field gradient (1)H NMR. In all cases the geometrically larger cation was found to diffuse faster than the smaller anion. Arrhenius temperature analysis has been applied to the ion diffusivities giving activation energies. The diffusion and(More)
Aggrecan, a highly charged macromolecule found in articular cartilage, was investigated in aqueous salt solutions with proton nuclear magnetic resonance. The longitudinal and transverse relaxation rates were determined at two different field strengths, 9.4 T and 0.5 T, for a range of temperatures and aggrecan concentrations. The diffusion coefficients of(More)
We develop a curvilinear invariant set of the diffusion tensor which may be applied to Diffusion Tensor Imaging measurements on tissues and porous media. This new set is an alternative to the more common invariants such as fractional anisotropy and the diffusion mode. The alternative invariant set possesses a different structure to the other known invariant(More)
STUDY DESIGN An in vitro study of the intervertebral disc (IVD) structure using 9.4T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). OBJECTIVE Investigate the potential of ultrahigh-field strength MRI for higher quality 3-dimensional (3D) volumetric MRI datasets of the IVD to better distinguish structural details. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA MRI has the advantages of(More)
Knowledge of the state of tissue hydration in patients suffering from peripheral vascular disease and neuropathy as a result of diabetes is important in their treatment. Further, because magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is uniquely able to generate information about soft tissues and their water content, it is ideal for studying disorders of this kind. The(More)
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