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Abstract #0949

Ex vivo continuous Overhauser nuclear dynamic polarization in a SQUID-based ultralow field magnetic resonance imaging system

Paul Fehling1, Rebekka Bernard1, Rolf Pohmann1, Matthias Rudolph1,2, Dieter Kölle2, Reinhold Kleiner2, Klaus Scheffler1, and Kai Buckenmaier1

1High-field Magnetic Resonance, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany, 2Physikalisches Institut and Center for Quantum Science (CQ) in LISA+, Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany

Overhauser Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (ODNP) is a method to achieve continuous hyperpolarization in MR measurements. Here, the polarization of free radicals is transferred to 1H using High Frequency (HF) pulses at the electron Larmor frequency. At UltraLow Fields (ULF) the frequency of the HF pulse lies in the range of several 100 MHz and is able to penetrate large sample volumes, making continuous in vivo ODNP measurements possible. Since conventional Faraday coils are not sensitive enough at ULF, a Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) based detector is employed. First ex vivo images using ODNP enhanced MR have been acquired successfully.

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