Magnetic resonance imaging of the lungs utilizing hyperpolarized noble gases
Imaging of the lungs by conventional proton magnetic resonance imaging techniques is inherently difficult. Imaging with inhaled hyperpolarized noble gases seeks to overcome some of the difficulties of imaging of the lungs by improving the signal strength attainable from the airspaces. A consider able amount of progress has occurred both in the technical aspects of the technique and in the recognition of the potential clinical applications of hyperpolarized gas imaging. This article will summarize some recent advancements in the field, with an emphasis on the potential clinical applications of imaging with helium-3 gas.
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