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

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

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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.

Phys.org has the story, along with a link to the researchers’ study in the March 14 online edition of Nature Materials: