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Mattle, E; Weiger, M; Schmidig, D; Boesiger, P; Fey, M (2009). MRI of human hair. Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics Biology and Medicine, 22(3):181-186.

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INTRODUCTION: Hair care for humans is a major world industry with specialised tools, chemicals and techniques. Studying the effect of hair care products has become a considerable field of research, and besides mechanical and optical testing numerous advanced analytical techniques have been employed in this area. In the present work, another means of studying the properties of hair is added by demonstrating the feasibility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the human hair. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Established dedicated nuclear magnetic resonance microscopy hardware (solenoidal radiofrequency microcoils and planar field gradients) and methods (constant time imaging) were adapted to the specific needs of hair MRI. RESULTS: Images were produced at a spatial resolution high enough to resolve the inner structure of the hair, showing contrast between cortex and medulla. Quantitative evaluation of a scan series with different echo times provided a T*(2) value of 2.6 ms for the cortex and a water content of about 90% for hairs saturated with water. CONCLUSION: The demonstration of the feasibility of hair MRI potentially adds a new tool to the large variety of analytical methods used nowadays in the development of hair care products.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:18 Nov 2009 13:03
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:33
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s10334-009-0163-5
PubMed ID:19184152

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