Cholesterol of myelin is the determinant of gray‐white contrast in MRI of brain

  title={Cholesterol of myelin is the determinant of gray‐white contrast in MRI of brain},
  author={S. Koenig},
  journal={Magnetic Resonance in Medicine},
  • S. Koenig
  • Published 1991
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • The relative brightness of adult white matter in T1‐weighted MRI arises from myelin, but the mechanisms responsible remain to be clarified. Koenig et al. [Magn. Reson. Med. 14, 482 (1990)] conjectured that the cholesterol of myelin (∼ 30% of its lipid) was responsible. We present 1/T1 and magnetization transfer contrast imaging data [Wolff and Balaban, Magn. Reson. Med. 10, 135 (1989)] on a model system— 50% lipid—50% water by weight, with the lipid one‐half phosphatidyl cholinc (PC) and one… CONTINUE READING
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