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DMSO as a magnetic resonance contrast agent for brain tumors

“Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) as a potential contrast agent for brain tumors”, by Delgado-Goñi T, Martín-Sitjar J, Simões RV, Acosta M, Lope-Piedrafita S, Arús C.; NMR in Biomedicine. 2012.
DOI: 10.1002/nbm.2832
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Identifying the type of brain tumor helps doctors determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Brain tumor diagnosis usually involves a neurological examination, brain scans, and/or an analysis of the brain tissue. Nowadays, the biopsy, although it is a very invasive procedure, is the most accurate method of obtaining a diagnosis. Continue reading DMSO as a magnetic resonance contrast agent for brain tumors

Hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance metabolic imaging in a mouse brain glioma model

Magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) of hyperpolarized [1-13C]pyruvate is a promising technique to noninvasively monitor metabolic changes in vivo. This method uses dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) techniques to obtain tens of thousands fold enhancement in the polarization of [1-13C]pyruvate and its metabolic products, like lactate, providing sufficient MR signal for high spatial and temporal resolution spectroscopic imaging of these metabolites. Continue reading Hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance metabolic imaging in a mouse brain glioma model