CHAPTER 9: Multi-Quantum Filtered NMR and MRI of Cartilage

Hadassah Shinar, Gil Navon*

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A study of cartilage using 1H, 2H and 23Na multiple quantum filtered nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques is presented. Double quantum filtered (DQF) spectra are best suited for the observation of the quadrupolar splittings, and enable determination of the orientation of the collagen fibers in this tissue. Measurements of the quadrupolar splittings at different orientations of the tissue relative to the magnetic field show that the collagen fibers are randomly oriented in nasal cartilage and macroscopically ordered in mature articular cartilage. Unidirectional mechanical stress and isotropic osmotic stress exert different effects on the orientation of the collagen fibers. Depletion of the proteoglycans preserves the orientation of the fibers. Gradual ordering of the collagen fibers in porcine articular cartilage during maturation is demonstrated. The 23Na residual quadrupolar interaction in cartilage excised from osteoporotic human femoral heads is found to be considerably larger than that of controls. Proton DQF MRI was found to be useful in systems with large dipolar interactions, such as tendons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiophysics and Biochemistry of Cartilage by NMR and MRI
EditorsYang Xia, Konstantin I. Momot
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781782621331, 9781782623106, 9781849736190
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameNew Developments in NMR
ISSN (Print)2044-253X
ISSN (Electronic)2044-2548


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