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Bowtell RW , Peters A , Sharp JC , Mansfield P , Hsu EW , Aiken N , Horsman A , Blackband SJ
Nmr Microscopy of Single Neurons Using Spin-Echo and Line Narrowed 2dft Imaging
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 1995 Jun;33(6) :790-794
PMID: ISI:A1995RA06400007   
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NMR microimages of single neural cells were acquired at 500 MHz using a conventional spin echo pulse sequence and a line- narrowing sequence that eliminates susceptibility effects. The data show that any contribution to the measured T-2 relaxation rate arising from diffusion in local field inhomogeneities using spin echo sequences at high fields and high spatial resolution is relatively small. We conclude that the measured T-2 difference between the nucleus and cytoplasm in these cells represents primarily a true T-2 relaxation effect arising from the interactions of water with macromolecules in the two compartments and does not result from microsusceptibility differences, These observations have implications regarding water compartmentation in single cells and the interpretation of the MR characteristics of tissues in vivo.
Times Cited: 20 Article RA064 MAGN RESON MED