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Magn Reson Imaging. 1990;8(6):705-12.

Fiber-to-field angle dependence of proton nuclear magnetic relaxation in collagen.

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Groupe de résonance magnétique nucléaire, Faculté de médecine, Université de Mons-Hainaut, Belgium.


Longitudinal and transverse proton relaxation times were measured on pig tendon. For T1, dispersion curves and more accurate measurements at 20 MHz are presented. Values of T2 were obtained from CPMG pulse sequences, at 20 MHz. The dependence of relaxation times against the fiber-to-field angle was particularly investigated. Longitudinal relaxation rate was found to be almost orientation independent, and presented quadrupolar peaks between 1 and 4 MHz. On the contrary, transverse relaxation, that was well fitted by the sum of four exponentials, was highly orientation dependent. Deconvolution showed that the exponentials decaying most quickly are most orientation dependent. For those two fractions, a cross-relaxation model allowed explaining the fiber-to-field angle dependence, and the specially low rate corresponding to the magic angle of 55 degrees. Finally, each decaying mode was assigned to a fraction of protons localized in the macromolecular structure and characterized by particular dynamics.

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