Chemical shift imaging of atherosclerosis at 7.0 Tesla.
Chemical shift imaging (CSI) was performed on cadaveric atherosclerotic fibrous plaques, periaortic adipose tissue, and cholesterol standards using a 7.0 Tesla horizontal bore prototype imaging spectrometer. Proton spectroscopy of intact tissue and deuterated chloroform extracted samples was done at the equivalent field strength of 7.0 Tesla on a vertical bore spectrometer, including studies of temperature dependence and T2 relaxation measurements. Spectra obtained using CSI on the imaging magnet were comparable with those from the conventional vertical spectrometer. Fibrous plaques and adipose tissue had unique spectral features, differing in the ratios of their water and various fat components. Chloroform extractions revealed a typical cholesteric ester spectrum for the fibrous plaque in contrast to the triglyceride spectrum of the adipose tissue. These two tissues also had different T2 relaxation measurements of their major fat resonances, with fibrous plaques having a short T2 compared to adipose tissue (15.9 milliseconds vs. 46.2 milliseconds). Temperature dependence studies showed that spectral signal intensity of the fat resonance of the fibrous plaque increased while linewidth decreased with increasing temperature from 24 degrees C to 37 degrees C. Atherosclerotic lesions may be studied at 7.0 Tesla, and NMR parameters defined in the present study may be used for further studies at other magnetic field strengths.
Maynor, CH; Charles, HC; Herfkens, RJ; Suddarth, SA; Johnson, GA
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