Silvanus Thompson Memorial Lecture Molecular imaging using hyperpolarized C-13

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MRI provides unsurpassed soft tissue contrast, but the inherent low sensitivity of this modality has limited the clinical use to imaging of water protons. With hyperpolarization techniques, the signal from a given number of nuclear spins can be raised more than 100 000 times. The strong signal enhancement enables imaging of nuclei other than protons, e.g. C-13 and N-15, and their molecular distribution in vivo can be visualized in a clinically relevant time window. This article reviews different hyperpolarization techniques and some of the many application areas. As an example, experiments are presented where hyperpolarized C-13 nuclei have been injected into rabbits, followed by rapid C-13 MRI with high spatial resolution (scan time <1 s and 1.0 mm in-plane resolution). The high degree of polarization thus enabled mapping of the molecular distribution within various organs, a few seconds after injection. The hyperpolarized C-13 MRI technique allows a selective identification of the molecules that give rise to the MR signal, offering direct molecular imaging.


Externa organisationer
  • Amersham Health R and D, Malmö
  • Skåne University Hospital

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Radiologi och bildbehandling


Sidor (från-till)S118-S127
TidskriftBritish Journal of Radiology
Utgåva nummerSpec No 2
StatusPublished - 2003
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa