Imaging oxygen tension in liver and spleen by 19F NMR.

Holland SK, Kennan RP, Schaub MM, D'Angelo MJ, Gore JC
Magn Reson Med. 1993 29 (4): 446-58

PMID: 8464360 · DOI:10.1002/mrm.1910290405

19F NMR imaging of the perfluorocarbon emulsion Fluosol has been used to study regional variations in oxygen tension in rat liver and spleen. We have used the linear dependence of spin lattice relaxation rate (1/T1) on the partial oxygen pressure (pO2) of Fluosol to determine the oxygen tension in the reticuloendothelial system (RES) of the liver and spleen of male Sprague-Dawley rats which have received serial infusions of Fluosol. Oxygen tension maps have been computed from 19F NMR images using a calibration obtained for Fluosol in vitro at 37.5 degrees C. The spatial resolution of the pO2 maps computed using this technique is 1.2 x 1.2 mm in 3-mm thick slices. Calculations from in vivo pO2 maps indicate an average change in the median pO2 of the RES from 118 to 80 mmHg for (n = 7) rats breathing 95% O2 and 5% CO2 (carbogen) and air, respectively.

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Animals Fluorine Radioisotopes Fluorocarbons Liver Magnetic Resonance Imaging Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Male Oxygen Consumption Partial Pressure Rats Rats, Sprague-Dawley Spleen

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