In Vivo 31P Echo-Planar Spectroscopic Imaging of Human Calf Muscle

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Localized phosphorus-31 NMR spectra of human calf muscle in vivo were obtained by means of echo-planar spectroscopic imaging (EPSI) with a 1.5-T whole-body scanner. The technique permits the measurement of two-dimensional 31P SI data at a minimum acquisition time of 2.4 s (8×8 voxels, TR=300 ms). With 9.4 min measurement time (TR=1100 ms, 64 averages) and 25×25×40 mm spatial resolution in vivo the 31P NMR signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) of the phosphocreatine (PCr) resonance was about 45; the multiplets of nucleoside 5′-triphosphates were resolved. Spectral quality permits quantitative assessment of the PCr signal in a measurement time that is shorter by a factor of 2 or more than the minimum measurement time feasible with chemical-shift imaging. In a functional EPSI study with a time resolution of 20.5 s on the calf muscle of volunteers, spectra showed a 40% decrease of the PCr signal intensity (at rest: S/N≅12) upon exertion of the muscle.

Document Type: Editorial

Affiliations: Abteilung Biophysik und Medizinische Strahlenphysik, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (dkfz), Heidelberg, D-69120, Germany

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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