Proton double-quantum filtered MRI - A new method for imaging ordered tissues

Liat Tsoref, Hadassah Shinar, Yoshiteru Seo, Uzi Eliav, Gil Navon

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Abstract

The imaging of connective tissues such as cartilage and tendons using standard MRI techniques is hampered by their low signal relative to the surrounding tissues. 1H double-quantum filtered (DQF) MRI is an imaging method that detects molecules associated with ordered structures, while the signal from isotropic fluids is filtered out, thus creating a new type of contrast. The technique is demonstrated on an intact rat tail, where the image of the tendons is highlighted. Although the signal-to-noise ratio is inferior to that in gradient-echo MRI, the contrast between the tendons and the surrounding tissues is significantly better in the DQF MRI. It is demonstrated how, by adjusting the parameters of the DQF imaging pulse sequence, one can modify the contrast and enhance the images of specific compartments within an organ. A comparison with 2H DQF imaging of the same tissue is also given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-726
Number of pages7
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1998

Keywords

  • Connective tissues
  • H DQF MRI
  • H DQF MRI
  • Tendon

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