Natural Chemical can Create Better MRIs
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A chemical created by the body can be used to enhance the image quality of MRI scans without the toxicity normally associated with high-resolution images.
The chemical (called pyruvic acid) is produced as a byproduct of glucose breakdown in the body. When injected in the brains of mice, researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland found the chemical creates higher-resolution MRI images, which normally can only be created using a chemical which is harmful to the body. The authors believe their finding is “a substantial step forward toward clinical radiology free of side effects.”
For more information, go to: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/10/16/1314928110
SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, October 2013
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