Functional MRI of the lung using hyperpolarized 3-helium gas.

  title={Functional MRI of the lung using hyperpolarized 3-helium gas.},
  author={Edwin J R van Beek and Jim M. Wild and Hans-Ulrich Kauczor and W. Schreiber and John P. Mugler and Eduard E de Lange},
  journal={Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI},
  volume={20 4},
Lung imaging has traditionally relied on x-ray methods, since proton MRI is limited to some extent by low proton density in the lung parenchyma and static field inhomogeneities in the chest. The relatively recent introduction of MRI of hyperpolarized noble gases has led to a rapidly evolving field of pulmonary MRI, revealing functional information of the lungs, which were hitherto unattainable. This review article briefly describes the physical background of the technology, and subsequently… CONTINUE READING

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