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Myelin plays a key role in the function of the central nervous system and is involved in many neurodegenerative diseases. Hence, depiction of myelin is desired for both research and diagnosis. However, MRI of the lipid bilayer constituting the myelin membrane is hampered by extremely rapid signal decay and cannot be accomplished with conventional sequences. Dedicated short-T2 techniques have therefore been employed, yet with extended sequence timings not well matched to the rapid transverse relaxation in the bilayer, which leads to signal loss and blurring. In the present work, capture and encoding of the ultra-short-T2 signals in the myelin bilayer is considerably improved by employing advanced short-T2 methodology and hardware, in particular a high-performance human-sized gradient insert. The approach is applied to tissue samples excised from porcine brain and in vivo in a human volunteer. It is found that the rapidly decaying non-aqueous components in the brain can indeed be depicted with MRI at useful resolution. As a considerable fraction of these signals is related to the myelin bilayer, the presented approach has strong potential to contribute to myelin research and diagnosis. Show more
Journal / seriesNeuroImage
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SubjectMyelin lipid bilayer; Proteins; Short T2; Super-Lorentzian; High-performance gradient; HYFI
Organisational unit03628 - Prüssmann, Klaas P. / Prüssmann, Klaas P.
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