Marlies Elly Joy Friese1, Kimble R. Dunster, 12, Gary J. Cowin1, Deming Wang1, Graham Galloway1, John Fraser3,4, Andreas Schibler, 4,5
1Centre for Magnetic Resonance, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 2Medical Engineering Research Facility,, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 3Paediatric Intensive Care Unit,, Mater Childrens Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 4Critical Care Research Group, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 5Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Mater Childrens Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Gravity-dependent ventilation distribution was investigated in using both hyperpolarised helium-3 magnetic resonance imaging (HP3He MRI) and electrical impedance tomography (EIT). Time averaged EIT data and HP3HeMRI images of apnoea showed ventilation distribution in rats to be gravity dependent, whereas regional filling characteristics are dependent on anatomy. HP3He MRI and EIT data agree where they can be compared. HP3He MRI provides data on real geometry which EIT cannot as EIT tomograms are reconstructed to a circular image. Dynamic imaging of the breathing cycle with HP3He is still needed to make a full comparison of the two methods.