Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging – a potential method for analysis of bone material

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Abstract

The basic usage of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) microimaging for materials characterization is introduced. An application of microimaging for three-dimensional structural study of trabecular bone is presented with elementary types of image presentation. Solid bone in itself does not produce any significant NMR intensity and natural lipids and/or added 70% ethanol has been used as a signal source. The applied pulse sequences were three-dimensional spin echo and three-dimensional chemical shift selective spin echo.

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