The design, construction and use of a large-scale field-cycled proton- electron double-resonance imaging (FC-PEDRI) imager is described. The imager is based on a whole-body sized, vertical field, 59 mT permanent magnet. Field cycling is accomplished by the field compensation method, and uses a secondary, resistive magnet with an internal diameter of 52 cm. The magnetic field can be switched from zero to 59 mT or vice versa in 40 ms. It is used with a double-resonance coil assembly (NMR/EPR) comprising a solenoidal NMR transmit/receive coil and a coaxial, external birdcage resonator for EPR irradiation. Experiments to image the distribution of an exogenous nitroxide free radical in anaesthetized rabbits are described.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology