Brain gaba editing without macromolecule contamination

Pierre Gilles Henry, Caroline Dautry, Philippe Hantraye, Gilles Bloch

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A new scheme is proposed to edit the 3.0 ppm GABA resonance without macromolecule (MM) contamination. Like previous difference spectroscopy approaches, the new scheme manipulates J-modulation of this signal using a selective editing pulse. The elimination of undesirable MM contribution at 3.0 ppm is obtained by applying this pulse symmetrically about the J-coupled MM resonance, at 1.7 ppm, in the two steps of the editing scheme. The effectiveness of the method is demonstrated in vitro, using lysine to mimic MM, and in vivo. As compared to the most commonly used editing scheme, which necessitates the acquisition and processing of two distinct difference spectroscopy experiments, the new scheme offers a reduction in experimental time (-33%) and an increase in accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-520
Number of pages4
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Brain
  • GABA
  • Homonuclear editing
  • Lysine
  • Macromolecule


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