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MRI of Tissues with Short T2s or T2*s

MRI of Tissues with Short T2s or T2*s PDF

MRI of Tissues with Short T2s or T2*s PDF
Preface

Preface:

The content of this volume has been added toeMagRes (formerly Encyclopedia of MagneticResonance) – the ultimate online resource for NMR andMRI.

Up to now MRI could not be used clinically for imaging finestructures of bones or muscles. Since the late 1990s however, thescene has changed dramatically. In particular, Graeme Bydder andhis many collaborators have demonstrated the possibility –and importance – of imaging structures in the body that werepreviously regarded as being “MR Invisible”. The imagesobtained with a variety of these newly developed methods exhibitcomplex contrast, resulting in a new quality of images for a widerange of new applications.

This Handbook is designed to enable the radiology community tobegin their assessment of how best to exploit these newcapabilities. It is organised in four major sections – thefirst of which, after an Introduction, deals with the basic scienceunderlying the rest of the contents of the Handbook. The second,larger, section describes the techniques which are used inrecovering the short T2 and T2* data from which the images arereconstructed. The third and fourth sections present a range ofapplications of the methods described earlier. The third sectiondeals with pre-clinical uses and studies, while the final sectiondescribes a range of clinical applications. It is this last sectionthat will surely have the biggest impact on the development in thenext few years as the huge promise of Short T2 and T2*Imaging will be exploited to the benefit of patients.

In many instances, the authors of an article are the onlyresearch group who have published on the topic they describe. Thisdemonstrates that this Handbook presents a range of methods andapplications with a huge potential for future developments.

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