Magnetic Resonance Angiography in the Pig using Hyperpolarized Water

Hans Kasper Wigh Lipsø, Sean Bowen, Christoffer Laustsen, Esben Søvsø Szocska Hansen, Thomas Nørlinger, Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen

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Introduction Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is an important tool in diagnostics of medical conditions such as emboli, stenosis and aneurysms. Sub-millimetre resolution can be obtained with proton imaging, and further optimization can be obtained with Gd-based blood pool agents1. However, the acquisition time is several minutes, and conventional MRA methods thus fail to image within a single respiration or heartbeat and therefore suffers from motion artefacts. We demonstrate that hyperpolarized (HP) water can be used as an imaging agent to provide subsecond angiographies in pigs. Previous work on hyperpolarization for imaging agents in large animals has mainly been focused of 13C 2,3, but small volumes of hyperpolarized water with lower polarization has been demonstrated4,5. Injection of hyperpolarized protons allows for the use of MRI coils and pulse sequences already existing in the clinic. Secondly, the magnetization achievable with hyperpolarized water is superior to other nuclei. Methods A 1 mL sample of 50% water and 50% glycerol with 30 mM TEMPO is polarized in a Spinlab (GE Healthcare) at 5 T, 0.9 K, 139.9 GHz for an hour. The sample is rapidly dissolved in 16 mL deoxygenized dissolution medium (DM) consisting of 1 mM EDTA, 50 mM sodium L-ascorbate, 1.9 mM NaH2PO4 and 8 mM Na2HPO4 dissolved in D2O. The DM is filled in the syringe with 7.6 g nonaflourobutyl methyl ether, which will accelerate the dissolution process and extract radical from the polar phase, and hence extend the T1. 10 mL deoxygenized heptane is added to the receiver to further extract the radical. The polarization is quantified in two ways: 1) the signal integral (FID amplitude) is compared to a thermally polarized, pure water reference sample (110 M) and 2) the line width due to radiation damping is compared to the radiation broadening of a thermally polarized, pure water sample. The two methods agree. Proton concentration is quantified by NMR measurement of the dissolved sample added a reference molecule. The images are acquired on a 3 T MRI system (GE healthcare) with a 4 channel array surface coil with a gradient echo sequence with 5 ° flip angle, slice thickness of 40 mm, TR = 3.4 ms, TE = 0.9840 ms, 256x256 matrix, FOV = (140 mm)2. The acquisition time is 870 ms. 15 mL HP substance is injected over 5 s, initiated 15 s after dissolution through a catheter in the right renal artery of a 40 kg pig. Results The protons are polarized by dissolution DNP to an enhancement of more than 2000 times at 9.4 T, corresponding to a polarization of 13% at time of injection. T1 of ~20 s is achieved in vitro for a 1H concentration of 4.5 M. A zoom of a renal MRA is shown in Figure 1. The image maps minor branches of the renal arteries, and the perfusion can be traced over time (time series not shown).
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventHyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance: Joint 5th International DNP Symposium and COST action EuroHyperPol Final Meeting - Egmong Aan Zee, Netherlands
Duration: 31 Aug 20154 Sep 2015


ConferenceHyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance
CityEgmong Aan Zee

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