Water is an essential component as well as the most abundant molecule in all living systems. In magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) water is fundamental to image formation. Furthermore, the physical-chemical properties of cellular and extracellular water provide major contributions to the inherent contrast found in each image. The physical properties of water as a solvent are subject to change when macromolecular structure and/or motion is altered. Thus, precise knowledge of water-macromolecular interactions is required for our understanding of information content in an image obtained by magnetic resonance techniques.
KeywordsRelaxation Rate Correlation Time Water Proton Larmor Frequency Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Relaxation
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