Title
MRI with applications in neurological disorders MRI with applications in neurological disorders
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences . Biomedical Sciences
Publication type
bookPart
Publication
London :Future Science, [*]
Subject
Biology
Human medicine
Source (book)
Molecular imaging techniques : new frontiers / Gazeau, Florence [edit.]; et al.
ISBN - Hoofdstuk
9781909453401
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
MRI has developed into one of the most powerful techniques for both experimental and clinical research. Nowadays, it has become the imaging method of choice for modern medical imaging and its success is due to its versatile nature. In addition, it is noninvasive and offers the advantage of imaging at relatively high spatial as well as high temporal resolution. The main advantage of MRI compared with other common imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography and single-photon emission computed tomography is its very high in vivo spatial resolution resulting in clear anatomical information. In addition, it provides an amazingly strong imaging contrast between different soft tissues, which is not feasible with other in vivo imaging modalities. Since magnetic fields and low-energy electro-magnetic waves are used instead of ionizing radiation, no biological damage is caused. Another important advantage is that MRI allows longitudinal studies, since it does not rely on the use of radioactive isotopes. This chapter highlights the most commonly used MRI techniques in both clinical and preclinical practice.
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