MRI contrast enhanced study of cartilage proteoglycan degradation in the rabbit knee.


Early degeneration of cartilage is accompanied by a loss of proteoglycans and consequent changes in the content of water. Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) cannot reliably detect this change, since the relaxation properties of the cartilage are dominated by its collagen content. The applicability of a positively charged nitroxide as an MRI… (More)