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Monitoring Of Immune Cell Response To B Cell Depletion Therapy And Nerve Root Injury Using Spio Enhanced Mri, Daniel L. Thorek Dec 2009

Monitoring Of Immune Cell Response To B Cell Depletion Therapy And Nerve Root Injury Using Spio Enhanced Mri, Daniel L. Thorek

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Magnetic resonance (MR) is a robust platform for non-invasive, high-resolution anatomical imaging. However, MR imaging lacks the requisite sensitivity and contrast for imaging at the cellular level. This represents a clinical impediment to greater diagnostic accuracy. Recent advances have allowed for the in vivo visualization of populations and even of individual cells using superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) MR contrast agents. These nanoparticles, commonly manifested as a core of a single iron oxide crystal or cluster of crystals coated in a biocompatible shell, function to shorten proton relaxation times. In MR imaging these constructs locally dephase protons, resulting in a decrease ...