Contrast agents with a strong R1 dispersion have been shown to be effective in generating target-specific contrast in MRI. The utilization of this R1 field dependence requires the adaptation of an MRI scanner for fast field-cycling (FFC). Here, we present the first implementation and validation of FFC-MRI at a clinical field strength of 3 T. A field-cycling range of ±100 mT around the nominal B0 field was realized by inserting an additional insert coil into an otherwise conventional MRI system. System validation was successfully performed with selected iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles and comparison to FFC-NMR relaxometry measurements. Furthermore, we show proof-of-principle R1 dispersion imaging and demonstrate the capability of generating R1 dispersion contrast at high field with suppressed background signal. With the presented ready-to-use hardware setup it is possible to investigate MRI contrast agents with a strong R1 dispersion at a field strength of 3 T.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- !!Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- !!Condensed Matter Physics