A. J. Fagan, G. R. Davies, J. M. S. Hutchison, and D. J. Lurie ‘Continuous wave MRI of heterogeneous materials’ in Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 163, (2), 2003, pp 318 - 324
Journal of Magnetic Resonance;163, 2
A prototype continuous wave MRI system operating at 7 T has been used successfully to study a variety of heterogeneous materials exhibiting T2 relaxation values ranging from 10 s to 50 ms. Two-dimensional images of a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) resolution phantom (T2 = 38 s) exhibited a spatial resolution of approximately 1 mm at a magnetic field gradient strength of 200 mT/m. The technique was used to study the hydration, drying and subsequent water penetration properties of cement samples made from ordinary Portland cement, and revealed inhomogeneities arising from the cure conditions. Sandstone samples from an oil reservoir in the North Sea were also studied; structure within these materials, arising from the sedimentary bed layering in the reservoir, was found to have an effect on their water transport properties. A section from a confectionery bar (T2* approximately 50-60 ms) was also imaged, and its internal structure could be clearly discerned.
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