We demonstrate the feasibility of using ultra-short echo time (TE = 2 ms) magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) to detect intracranial mobile lipids in the rat brain. High-performance outer volume suppression and pre-localization were demonstrated in phantoms and by the total absence of signals arising from extra-cranial lipids in MRSI spectra from control rats. The sequence performance was tested on glioma-bearing BDIX rats. Fast-relaxing lipid signals were spatially varied within a glioma during herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase-mediated gene therapy, demonstrating the potential application of this method.
- Short echo time
- Spectroscopic imaging