Continuous-Wave Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Short T2 Materials
Authors: Davies, G.R.; Lurie, D.J.; Hutchison, J.M.S.; McCallum, S.J.; Nicholson, I.
Source: Journal of Magnetic Resonance, Volume 148, Number 2, February 2001 , pp. 289-297(9)
Publisher: Academic Press
Abstract:There is growing interest in the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine solid materials where the restricted motion of the probed spins leads to broad lines and short T2 values, rendering many interesting systems invisible to conventional 2DFT pulsed imaging methods. In EPR T2 seldom exceeds 0.1 s and continuous-wave methods are adopted for spectroscopy and imaging. In this paper we demonstrate the use of continuous-wave MRI to obtain 2-dimensional images of short T2 samples. The prototype system can image samples up to 50 mm in diameter by 60 mm long and has been used to image polymers and water penetration in porous media. Typical acquisition times range between 10 and 40 min. Resolution of 1 to 2 mm has been achieved for samples with T2 values ranging from 38 to 750 s. There is the possibility of producing image contrast that is determined by the material properties of the sample.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Bio-Medical Physics and Bio-Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD, United Kingdom
Publication date: February 1, 2001