MRI contrast agents

MRI contrast agents have become an indispensable part of modern magnetic resonance imaging. Although MRI was initially hoped to provide a means of making definitive diagnoses non-invasively, it has been found that the addition of contrast agents in many cases improves sensitivity and/or specificity. 

Paul Lauterbur and his associates were the first to demonstrate the feasibility of using paramagnetic contrast agents to improve tissue discrimination in MRI 1

Contrast agents can be grouped in many different ways. One way is to consider them according to the compartments in which they distribute. 

Physics and Imaging Technology: MRI
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rID: 21770
Section: Physics
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • MRI contrast media
  • MRI contrast medium
  • Contrast agents (MRI)
  • Contrast media (MRI)
  • Contrast medium (MRI)
  • MRI contrast
  • MR contrast

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