Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Perspectives of hyperpolarized noble gas MRI beyond 3He

Lilburn, D.M.L., G.E. Pavlovskaya, and T. Meersmann, Perspectives of hyperpolarized noble gas MRI beyond 3He. J. Magn. Reson., 2013. 229(0): p. 173-186.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) studies with hyperpolarized (hp) noble gases are at an exciting interface between physics, chemistry, materials science and biomedical sciences. This paper intends to provide a brief overview and outlook of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with hp noble gases other than hp 3He. A particular focus are the many intriguing experiments with 129Xe, some of which have already matured to useful MRI protocols, while others display high potential for future MRI applications. Quite naturally for MRI applications the major usage so far has been for biomedical research but perspectives for engineering and materials science studies are also provided. In addition, the prospects for surface sensitive contrast with hp 83Kr MRI is discussed.