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J Magn Reson. 2011 Dec;213(1):90-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmr.2011.09.001. Epub 2011 Sep 10.

High pressure magnetic resonance imaging with metallic vessels.

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  • 1MRI Centre, Department of Physics, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada E3B 5A3.

Abstract

High pressure measurements in most scientific fields rely on metal vessels given the superior tensile strength of metals. We introduce high pressure magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements with metallic vessels. The developed MRI compatible metallic pressure vessel concept is very general in application. Macroscopic physical systems are now amenable to spatially resolved nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study at variable pressure and temperature. Metallic pressure vessels not only provide inherently high tensile strengths and efficient temperature control, they also permit optimization of the MRI RF probe sensitivity. An MRI compatible pressure vessel is demonstrated with a rock core holder fabricated using non-magnetic stainless steel. Water flooding through a porous rock under pressure is shown as an example of its applications. High pressure NMR spectroscopy plays an indispensable role in several science fields. This work will open new vistas of study for high pressure material science MRI and MR.

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