Samuel A. Hurley

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The image contrast in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is highly sensitive to several mechanisms that are modulated by the properties of the tissue environment. The degree and type of contrast weighting may be viewed as image filters that accentuate specific tissue properties. Maps of quantitative measures of these mechanisms, akin to(More)
Multifunctional and water-soluble superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanocarriers were developed for targeted drug delivery and positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) dual-modality imaging of tumors with integrin α(v)β₃ expression. An anticancer drug was conjugated onto the PEGylated SPIO nanocarriers via pH-sensitive bonds.(More)
A multifunctional stable and pH-responsive polymer vesicle nanocarrier system was developed for combined tumor-targeted delivery of an anticancer drug and superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles (NPs). These multifunctional polymer vesicles were formed by heterofunctional amphiphilic triblock copolymers, that is, R (folate (FA) or(More)
Stable and tumor-targeting multifunctional wormlike polymer vesicles simultaneously loaded with superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles (NPs) as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent and anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) were developed for targeted cancer therapy and ultrasensitive MR imaging. These multifunctional wormlike polymer(More)
A new time-efficient and accurate technique for simultaneous mapping of T(1) and B(1) is proposed based on a combination of the actual flip angle (FA) imaging and variable FA methods. Variable FA-actual FA imaging utilizes a single actual FA imaging and one or more spoiled gradient-echo acquisitions with a simultaneous nonlinear fitting procedure to yield(More)
Importance The accumulation of aggregated β-amyloid and tau proteins into plaques and tangles is a central feature of Alzheimer disease (AD). While plaque and tangle accumulation likely contributes to neuron and synapse loss, disease-related changes to oligodendrocytes and myelin are also suspected of playing a role in development of AD dementia. Still, to(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy and safety of intracerebral gene therapy for brain disorders like Parkinson's disease depends on the appropriate distribution of gene expression. OBJECTIVES To assess whether the distribution of gene expression is affected by vector titer and protein type. METHODS Four adult macaque monkeys seronegative for adeno-associated virus(More)
PURPOSE Diffusion MRI measurements are typically acquired sequentially with unit gradient directions that are distributed uniformly on the unit sphere. The ordering of the gradient directions has significant effect on the quality of dMRI-derived quantities. Even though several methods have been proposed to generate optimal orderings of gradient directions,(More)
PURPOSE To advance the best solutions to two important RF pulse design problems with an open head-to-head competition. METHODS Two sub-challenges were formulated in which contestants competed to design the shortest simultaneous multislice (SMS) refocusing pulses and slice-selective parallel transmission (pTx) excitation pulses, subject to realistic(More)
PURPOSE To determine the feasibility of using multicomponent-driven equilibrium single-shot observation of T1 and T2 (mcDESPOT) for evaluating the human knee joint at 3.0T and to investigate depth-dependent and regional-dependent variations in multicomponent T2 parameters within articular cartilage. MATERIALS AND METHODS mcDESPOT was performed on the knee(More)