Daniel V. Litwiller1, Eric A. Borisch1, Roger C. Grimm1, Joel P. Felmlee1, Richard L. Ehman1
1Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Recent years have seen the development of small, single-sided NMR systems suitable for a variety of applications in biomedicine. These novel imaging systems are typified by their small size, single-sided nature and nonuniform polarizing fields. Another emerging field of research is non-invasive imaging of material properties of tissues and biomaterials with the clinical application of techniques like MR elastography. The goal of this work was to develop a low cost single-sided NMR device, capable of MR elastography, which would be potentially useful for applications such as evaluation of normal and pathological skin, benchtop pathology, and evaluating engineered tissue constructs.