Katarzyna Cieslar1, Elise Bannier1, Philippe Reix2, Sophie Gaillard1, Emmanuelle Canet-Soulas1, Yannick Crmillieux1
1Universit de Lyon, CREATIS-LRMN, UMR CNRS 5220 INSERM U630, Lyon, France; 2Hpital Femme Mere Enfant, Lyon, France
Using 3He-MRI it is possible to locally measure the alveolar partial pressure of oxygen (pO2) and its temporal evolution during apnea. The aim of this work was to demonstrate the feasibility of using a physiologically appropriate exponential model of pO2 decay in animals and humans. The exponential model was successfully applied to measure initial pO2 and oxygen depletion time constant r in mice, rats, rabbits and humans. Numerical simulations were performed to assess when the use of the nonlinear pO2 decay model is inevitable to obtain satisfying accuracy of the measured parameters.