Improving the Accuracy and Precision of Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) MRI
AuthorJones, Kyle M.
KeywordsChemical Exchange Saturation Transfer
AdvisorPagel, Mark D.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractChemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI has the ability to noninvasively measure endogenous biomarkers and exogenous agents relevant to various diseases and medical conditions. My work has focused on the development of MRI pulse sequences and data analysis methods to more accurately estimate endogenous and exogenous CEST contrast measurements at 7 T and 3 T magnetic field strengths. Chapter 1 discusses the various sources of signal that have been measured with CEST MRI in the clinic, the acquisition methods used to acquire these signals, and the data analysis methods used to quantify the CEST effects from these signals. Appendix A describes the development of a respiration gated CEST pulse sequence that was ultimately used with a lung fibrosis mouse model to measure extracellular pH (pHe) of the fibrotic lesions. Appendix B describes the development of a data processing algorithm that used the Bloch equations modified for chemical exchange to generate more accurate and precise pHe estimates both at 7 T and 3 T magnetic field strengths relative to a previous data processing algorithm. Appendix C describes the development of a retrospective gating technique for the lung that generates more accurate and precise endogenous CEST contrast measurements.
Degree ProgramGraduate College