TITLE

Development of a mobile magnetic resonance imaging system for outdoor tree measurements

AUTHOR(S)
Kimura, Takeshi; Geya, Yuto; Terada, Yasuhiko; Kose, Katsumi; Haishi, Tomoyuki; Gemma, Hiroshi; Sekozawa, Yoshihiko
PUB. DATE
May 2011
SOURCE
Review of Scientific Instruments;May2011, Vol. 82 Issue 5, p053704
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
By combining a 0.3 T permanent magnet with flexible rotation and translation mechanism, a probe with a local electromagnetic shielding, several electrical units, a mobile lift, and an electric wagon, a mobile magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system was developed for outdoor tree measurements. 2D cross-sectional images of normal and diseased branches of a pear tree were acquired for measurements of T1, T2, proton density, and apparent diffusion constant (ADC). The ADC map clearly differentiated diseased from normal branches. A whole-day measurement of the ADC map demonstrated that microscopic water flow in the normal branch changed proportionally with solar radiation. Therefore, we have concluded that our mobile MRI system is a powerful tool for studies of plants in outdoor environments.
ACCESSION #
62010775

 

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