New fluorine probe called a ‘major leap’ for MRI sensitivity

Radiology and biochemistry researchers at UC-San Diego say they have figured out how to dissolve and encapsulate metals inside fluorine-based droplets, in the process synthesizing a new cell-labeling probe that can, in in effect, “greatly amp up the MRI signal” for potential use in immunotherapy, inflammation treatment and other emerging clinical applications. has the story, along with a link to the researchers’ study in the March 14 online edition of Nature Materials: