Mapping the intracellular fraction of water by varying the gradient pulse length in q-space diffusion MRI

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Finite gradient pulse lengths are traditionally considered a nuisance in q-space diffusion NMR and MRI, since the simple Fourier relation between the acquired signal and the displacement probability is invalidated. Increasing the value of the pulse length leads to an apparently smaller value of the estimated compartment size. We propose that q-space data at different gradient pulse lengths, but with the same effective diffusion time, can be used to identify and quantify components with free or restricted diffusion from multi-exponential echo decay curves obtained on cellular systems. The method is demonstrated with experiments on excised human brain white matter and a series of model systems with well-defined free, restricted, and combined free and restricted diffusion behavior. Time-resolved diffusion MRI experiments are used to map the spatial distribution of the intracellular fraction in a yeast cell suspension during sedimentation, and observe the disappearance of this fraction after a heat treatment. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
  • Cancer and Oncology


  • imaging, tissue, PGSE, pulsed field gradient, SGP
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-285
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Pathology, (Lund) (013030000), Radiation Physics, Lund (013034000), Physical Chemistry 1 (S) (011001006), Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund (013230000)