Stefan Hoffmann1, Paul Begovatz1, Armin Nagel1, Reiner Umathum1, Michael Bock1
1Medical Physics in Radiology,
The detection of oxygen-17 (17O) provides a method to assess metabolic tissue information at ultra high fields. In this work direct 17O-MR imaging was carried out in vivo on a 7 Tesla MR system with a custom built head coil. Natural abundance imaging of the human head was performed and global relaxation parameters were measured. An inhalation experiment with enriched 17O gas was carried out using an inhalation-triggered oxygen delivery system. Imaging was performed prior to, during and after the inhalation showing an increase of signal intensity during ventilation with enriched oxygen-17 gas.