Relaxation time constants and apparent diffusion coefficients of rat retina at 7 Tesla

Govind Nair, Qiang Shen, Timothy Q. Duong

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Abstract

MRI has recently been applied to study the retina in vivo. Measurements of relaxation time constants (T1, T2, and T 2*) and the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of the retina would be useful to systemically optimize structural, physiological, and functional MRI contrasts. MRI studies were performed on 12 anesthetized and paralyzed rats. High-resolution T1, T2, T 2* and ADC of the rat eyes were measured at 50 3 50 3 800 lm at 7 Tesla. Profiles of T1, T2, T2* and ADC across the retinal thickness were analyzed. Region of interests of three layers across the retinal thickness were tabulated. This study demonstrated that high resolution T1, T2, T2* and ADC of the rat retina could be imaged. Profile analysis of T1, T2, T2* and ADC across the retinal thickness were helpful to minimize partial volume effects. T1, T2, T 2* and ADC of the rat retina were overall similar to those of the brain. Quantitative T1, T2, T2* and ADC may change in retinal diseases and their measurements could help to stage retinal disease progression and monitor therapeutic intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

Keywords

  • Apparent diffusion coefficient
  • BOLD
  • Brain
  • Eye
  • Spin-lattice relaxation time
  • Spin-spin relaxation time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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