Natural D-glucose as a biodegradable MRI relaxation agent

Nirbhay N. Yadav, Jiadi Xu, Amnon Bar-Shir, Qin Qin, Kannie W. Y. Chan, Ksenija Grgac, Wenbo Li, Michael T. McMahon, Peter C. M. van Zijl

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Purpose Demonstrate applicability of natural D-glucose as a T2 MRI contrast agent. Methods D-glucose solutions were prepared at multiple concentrations and variable pH. The relaxation rate (R2 = 1/T 2) was measured at 3, 7, and 11.7 T. Additional experiments were performed on blood at 11.7 T. Also, a mouse was infused with D-glucose (3.0 mmol/kg) and dynamic T2 weighted images of the abdomen acquired. Results The transverse relaxation rate depended strongly on glucose concentration and solution pH. A maximum change in R2 was observed around physiological pH (pH 6.8-7.8). The transverse relaxivities at 22C (pH 7.3) were 0.021, 0.060, and 0.077 s-1mM-1 at 3.0, 7.0, and 11.7 T, respectively. These values showed good agreement with expected values from the Swift-Connick equation. There was no significant dependence on glucose concentration or pH for T1 and the diffusion coefficient for these solutions. The transverse relaxivity in blood at 11.7 T was 0.09 s -1mM-1. The dynamic in vivo experiment showed a 10% drop in signal intensity after glucose infusion followed by recovery of the signal intensity after about 50-100 s. Conclusion Glucose can be used as a T 2 contrast agent for MRI at concentrations that are already approved for human use. Magn Reson Med 72:823-828, 2014.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-828
Number of pages6
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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