WorldWideScience

Sample records for 3he apparent diffusion

  1. Simultaneous measurement of pulmonary partial pressure of oxygen and apparent diffusion coefficient by hyperpolarized 3He MRI

    Yu, Jiangsheng; Law, Michelle; Kadlecek, Stephen; Emami, Kiarash; Ishii, Masaru; Stephen, Michael; Woodburn, John M.; Vahdat, Vahid; Rizi, Rahim R.

    2009-01-01

    Hyperpolarized 3He (HP 3He) MRI shows promise to assess structural and functional pulmonary parameters in a sensitive, regional and non-invasive way. Structural HP 3He MRI has applied the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) for the detection of disease-induced lung microstructure changes at the alveolar level, and HP 3He pulmonary partial pressure of oxygen (pO2) imaging measures the oxygen transfer efficiency between the lung and blood stream. Although both parameters are affected in chroni...

  2. Validity of apparent diffusion coefficient hyperpolarized 3He-MRI using MSCT and pulmonary function tests as references

    Diaz, Sandra; Casselbrant, Ingrid; Piitulainen, Eeva;

    2008-01-01

    PURPOSE: To compare apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements from hyperpolarized (HP) helium ((3)He)-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with quantitative data from multislice Computed Tomography (CT) (MSCT) of the whole lungs and pulmonary function tests (PFT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty...... from MSCT. Both mean ADC and MSCT data were compared to PFT, especially percent of predicted diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide (%predicted DLCO), using Pearson's correlation test. RESULTS: Mean ADC and standard deviation values were 0.392+/-0.119 cm(2)/s for the established emphysema group and 0...

  3. Validity of apparent diffusion coefficient hyperpolarized 3He-MRI using MSCT and pulmonary function tests as references

    Purpose: To compare apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements from hyperpolarized (HP) helium (3He)-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with quantitative data from multislice Computed Tomography (CT) (MSCT) of the whole lungs and pulmonary function tests (PFT). Materials and methods: Twenty-seven subjects, 22 with established emphysema and 5 with preclinical emphysema defined by PFT criteria, were examined with HP 3He-MRI and MSCT. Mean age was 55 (±12) years, 18 female and 9 male. Mean ADC from 3He-MRI was compared with emphysema index (EI), 15th percentile and mean lung density (MLD) values from MSCT. Both mean ADC and MSCT data were compared to PFT, especially percent of predicted diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide (%predicted DLCO), using Pearson's correlation test. Results: Mean ADC and standard deviation values were 0.392 ± 0.119 cm2/s for the established emphysema group and 0.216 ± 0.046 for the pre-clinical emphysema group. MSCT values for the established emphysema group and pre-clinical emphysema group were: EI (%) 11 ± 12 and 0.4 ± 0.6, respectively; 15th percentile (Hounsfield Units (HU)), -956 ± 25 and -933 ± 13, respectively and MLD (HU) -877 ± 20 and -863 ± 15, respectively. Correlations between mean ADC and EI and 15th percentile were both r = 0.90 and for MLD r = 0.59. There was higher correlation between mean ADC and %predicted DLCO (r = 0.90) than between EI and %predicted DLCO (r = 0.76). Conclusion: HP 3He-MRI correlates well with density measurements from MSCT and agrees better than MSCT with %predicted DLCO which is the PFT most related to emphysema.

  4. Apparent diffusion coefficient of hyperpolarized (3)He with minimal influence of the residual gas in small animals.

    Carrero-González, L; Kaulisch, T; Ruiz-Cabello, J; Pérez-Sánchez, J M; Peces-Barba, G; Stiller, D; Rodríguez, I

    2012-09-01

    The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of hyperpolarized (HP) gases is a parameter that reflects changes in lung microstructure. However, ADC is dependent on many physiological and experimental variables that need to be controlled or specified in order to ensure the reliability and reproducibility of this parameter. A single breath-hold experiment is desirable in order to reduce the amount of consumed HP gas. The application of a positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) causes an increase in the residual gas volume. Depending on the applied PEEP, the ratio between the incoming and residual gas volumes will change and the ADC will vary, as long as both gases do not have the same diffusion coefficient. The most standard method for human applications uses air for breathing and a bolus of pure HP (3)He for MRI data acquisition. By applying this method in rats, we have demonstrated that ADC values are strongly dependent on the applied PEEP, and therefore on the residual gas volume in the lung. This outcome will play an important role in studies concerning certain diseases, such as emphysema, which is characterized by an increase in the residual volume. Ventilation with an oxygen-helium mixture (VOHeM) is a proposed single breath-hold method that uses two different gas mixtures (O(2)-(4)He for ventilation and HP (3)He-N(2) for imaging). The concentration of each gas in its respective mixture was calculated in order to obtain the same diffusion coefficient in both mixtures. ADCs obtained from VOHeM are independent of PEEP, thus minimizing the effect of the different residual volumes. PMID:22275333

  5. Validity of apparent diffusion coefficient hyperpolarized 3He-MRI using MSCT and pulmonary function tests as references

    Diaz, Sandra; Casselbrant, Ingrid; Piitulainen, Eeva;

    2008-01-01

    -seven subjects, 22 with established emphysema and 5 with preclinical emphysema defined by PFT criteria, were examined with HP (3)He-MRI and MSCT. Mean age was 55 (+/-12) years, 18 female and 9 male. Mean ADC from (3)He-MRI was compared with emphysema index (EI), 15th percentile and mean lung density (MLD) values...... from MSCT. Both mean ADC and MSCT data were compared to PFT, especially percent of predicted diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide (%predicted DLCO), using Pearson's correlation test. RESULTS: Mean ADC and standard deviation values were 0.392+/-0.119 cm(2)/s for the established emphysema group and 0....... Correlations between mean ADC and EI and 15th percentile were both r=0.90 and for MLD r=0.59. There was higher correlation between mean ADC and %predicted DLCO (r=0.90) than between EI and %predicted DLCO (r=0.76). CONCLUSION: HP (3)He-MRI correlates well with density measurements from MSCT and agrees better...

  6. Hyperpolarized 3He apparent diffusion coefficient MRI of the lung: reproducibility and volume dependency in healthy volunteers and patients with emphysema

    Diaz, S.; Casselbrant, I.; Piitulainen, E.; Pettersson, G.; Magnusson, Stig Peter; Peterson, B.; Wollmer, P.; Leander, P.; Ekberg, O.; Åkeson, Per Arne Gustav; Diaz, Sandra; Casselbrant, Ingrid; Piitulainen, Eeva; Pettersson, Goran; Magnusson, Peter; Peterson, Barry; Wollmer, Per; Leander, Peter; Ekberg, Olle; Akeson, Per

    2008-01-01

    -day period and received two different volumes (6% and 15% of total lung capacity [TLC]) of HP (3)He each day. ADC maps and histograms were calculated. The mean and standard deviation (SD) of the ADC at different days and volumes were compared. RESULTS: The reproducibility of the mean ADC and SD over several...... days was good in both healthy volunteers and patients (SD range of 0.003-0.013 cm(2)/second and 0.001-0.009 cm(2)/second at 6% and 15% of TLC for healthy volunteers, and a SD range of 0.001-0.041 cm(2)/second and 0.001-0.011 cm(2)/second, respectively, for patients). A minor but significant increase in...

  7. Magnetization and spin diffusion of liquid 3He in aerogel

    We report theoretical calculations and experimental measurements of the normal-state spin diffusion coefficient of 3He in aerogel, including both elastic and inelastic scattering of 3He quasiparticles, and compare these results with data for 3He in 98% porous silica aerogel. This analysis provides a determination of the elastic mean free path within the aerogel. Measurements of the magnetization of the superfluid phase in the same aerogel samples provide a test of the theory of pairbreaking and magnetic response of low-energy excitations in the 'dirty' B phase of 3He in aerogel. A consistent interpretation of the data for the spin-diffusion coefficient, magnetization, and superfluid transition temperature is obtained by including correlation effects in the aerogel density

  8. Phase-Contrast MRI and CFD Modeling of Apparent 3He Gas Flow in Rat Pulmonary Airways

    Phase-contrast (PC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with hyperpolarized 3He is potentially useful for developing and testing patient-specific models of pulmonary airflow. One challenge, however, is that PC-MRI provides apparent values of local 3He velocity that not only depend on actual airflow but also on gas diffusion. This not only blurs laminar flow patterns in narrow airways but also introduces anomalous airflow structure that reflects gas-wall interactions. Here, both effects are predicted in a live rat using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and for the first time, simulated patterns of apparent 3He gas velocity are compared with in-vivo PC-MRI. Results show (1) that correlations (R2) between measured and simulated airflow patterns increase from 0.23 to 0.79 simply by accounting for apparent 3He transport, and that (2) remaining differences are mainly due to uncertain airway segmentation and partial volume effects stemming from relatively coarse MRI resolution. Higher-fidelity testing of pulmonary airflow predictions should therefore be possible with future imaging improvements.

  9. Phase-Contrast MRI and CFD Modeling of Apparent 3He Gas Flow in Rat Pulmonary Airways

    Minard, Kevin R.; Kuprat, Andrew P.; Kabilan, Senthil; Jacob, Rick E.; Einstein, Daniel R.; Carson, James P.; Corley, Richard A.

    2012-08-01

    Phase-contrast (PC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with hyperpolarized 3He is potentially useful for developing and testing patient-specific models of pulmonary airflow. One challenge, however, is that PC-MRI provides apparent values of local 3He velocity that not only depend on actual airflow but also on gas diffusion. This not only blurs laminar flow patterns in narrow airways but also introduces anomalous airflow structure that reflects gas-wall interactions. Here, both effects are predicted in a live rat using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and for the first time, simulated patterns of apparent 3He gas velocity are compared with in-vivo PC-MRI. Results show (1) that correlations (R2) between measured and simulated airflow patterns increase from 0.23 to 0.79 simply by accounting for apparent 3He transport, and that (2) remaining differences are mainly due to uncertain airway segmentation and partial volume effects stemming from relatively coarse MRI resolution. Higher-fidelity testing of pulmonary airflow predictions should therefore be possible with future imaging improvements.

  10. In vivo lung morphometry with hyperpolarized 3He diffusion MRI: Theoretical background

    Sukstanskii, A. L.; Yablonskiy, D. A.

    2008-02-01

    MRI-based study of 3He gas diffusion in lungs may provide important information on lung microstructure. Lung acinar airways can be described in terms of cylinders covered with alveolar sleeve [Haefeli-Bleuer, Weibel, Anat. Rec. 220 (1988) 401]. For relatively short diffusion times (on the order of a few ms) this geometry allows description of the 3He diffusion attenuated MR signal in lungs in terms of two diffusion coefficients—longitudinal (D) and transverse (D) with respect to the individual acinar airway axis [Yablonskiy et al., PNAS 99 (2002) 3111]. In this paper, empirical relationships between D and D and the geometrical parameters of airways and alveoli are found by means of computer Monte Carlo simulations. The effects of non-Gaussian signal behavior (dependence of D and D on b-value) are also taken into account. The results obtained are quantitatively valid in the physiologically important range of airway parameters characteristic of healthy lungs and lungs with mild emphysema. In lungs with advanced emphysema, the results provide only "apparent" characteristics but still could potentially be used to evaluate emphysema progression. This creates a basis for in vivo lung morphometry—evaluation of the geometrical parameters of acinar airways from hyperpolarized 3He diffusion MRI, despite the airways being too small to be resolved by direct imaging. These results also predict a rather substantial dependence of 3He ADC on the experimentally-controllable diffusion time, Δ. If Δ is decreased from 3 ms to 1 ms, the ADC in normal human lungs may increase by almost 50%. This effect should be taken into account when comparing experimental data obtained with different pulse sequences.

  11. Emphysematous changes and normal variation in smokers and COPD patients using diffusion 3He MRI

    Introduction: This study aims to quantify global and regional changes of diffusive motion of 3He gas within the lung, as determined by hyperpolarized 3He MR apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurement, in non-smokers, smokers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Methods: Age-matched groups of six healthy non-smokers, five healthy smokers and five patients with COPD. The experiments were performed with approval from the local Research Ethics Committee. Diffusion imaging was performed following hyperpolarized 3He gas inhalation, producing ADC maps. Mean and standard deviation of the ADCs were used to compare the subject groups and assess regional variations within individuals. Results: The intra-individual standard deviation of ADC in the healthy smokers was significantly larger than that of the non-smoking group (P < 0.02). Compared to the non-smoking group, COPD patients had significantly higher mean and standard deviation of ADC (P < 0.01). The mean ADC in the anterior half of the chest was systematically higher than in the posterior half in the healthy non-smoking subject group. Discussion: This study suggests that there are regional trends in the ADC values of healthy volunteers that may have implications for the clinical interpretation of ADC values. Less homogeneous ADC values have been detected in asymptomatic smokers, indicative of damage to the distal air spaces

  12. Magnetization and Spin-Diffusion of Liquid 3He in Aerogel

    Sauls, J. A.; Bunkov, Yu. M.; Collin, E.; Godfrin, H.; P.Sharma

    2004-01-01

    We report theoretical calculations of the normal-state spin diffusion coefficient of 3He in aerogel, including both elastic and inelastic scattering of 3He quasiparticles, and compare these results with experimental data for 3He in 98% porous silica aerogel. This analysis provides a determination of the elastic mean free path within the aerogel. Measurements of the magnetization of the superfluid phase provide a test of the theory of pairbreaking and magnetic response of low-energy excitation...

  13. Spin diffusion in normal fluid 3He in 97% porous silica-aerogel

    Spin-relaxation and spin-diffusion were investigated in a liquid 3He sample in contact with solid 3He which was adsorbed on the SiO2 strands of an aerogel. NMR experiments at 950 kHz were performed at pressures and temperatures ranging from 0 to 20 bar and from 0.2 to 100 mK, respectively. The results for the diffusion coefficient D0 are not only affected by the effective mean free path in the aerogel but also by the solid-layer magnetization. For T0∼T has been observed which is caused by scattering processes associated with the spin-polarization of adsorbed solid 3He-layers

  14. 3D MRI of non-Gaussian 3He gas diffusion in the rat lung

    Jacob, Richard E.; Laicher, Gernot; Minard, Kevin R.

    2007-10-01

    In 3He magnetic resonance images of pulmonary air spaces, the confining architecture of the parenchymal tissue results in a non-Gaussian distribution of signal phase that non-exponentially attenuates image intensity as diffusion weighting is increased. Here, two approaches previously used for the analysis of non-Gaussian effects in the lung are compared and related using diffusion-weighted 3He MR images of mechanically ventilated rats. One approach is model-based and was presented by Yablonskiy et al., while the other approach utilizes the second order decay contribution that is predicted from the cumulant expansion theorem. Total lung coverage is achieved using a hybrid 3D pulse sequence that combines conventional phase encoding with sparse radial sampling for efficient gas usage. This enables the acquisition of nine 3D images using a total of only ˜1 L of hyperpolarized 3He gas. Diffusion weighting ranges from 0 s/cm 2 to 40 s/cm 2. Results show that the non-Gaussian effects of 3He gas diffusion in healthy rat lungs are directly attributed to the anisotropic geometry of lung microstructure as predicted by the Yablonskiy model, and that quantitative analysis over the entire lung can be reliably repeated in time-course studies of the same animal.

  15. NMR measurements of hyperpolarized 3He gas diffusion in high porosity silica aerogels

    Tastevin, Geneviève; Nacher, Pierre-Jean

    2005-01-01

    Hyperpolarized 3He is used to nondestructively probe by NMR the structure of custom-made and commercial silica aerogels (97% and 98.5% porous). Large spin-echo signals are obtained at room temperature and very low magnetic field (2mT) even with small mounts of gas. Attenuation induced by applied field gradients results from the combined effects of gas diffusion and confinement by the porous medium on atomic motion. Nitrogen is used as a buffer gas to reach equivalent 3He pressures ranging fro...

  16. Dynamical Behavior of Core 3 He Nuclear Reaction-Diffusion Systems and Sun's Gravitational Field

    DU Jiulin; SHEN Hong

    2005-01-01

    The coupling of the sun's gravitational field with processes of diffusion and convection exerts a significant influence on the dynamical behavior of the core 3He nuclear reaction-diffusion system. Stability analyses of the system are made in this paper by using the theory of nonequilibrium dynamics. It is showed that, in the nuclear reaction regions extending from the center to about 0.38 times of the radius of the sun, the gravitational field enables the core 3He nuclear reaction-diffusion system to become unstable and, after the instability, new states to appear in the system have characteristic of time oscillation. This may change the production rates of both 7Be and 8B neutrinos.

  17. Response to Commentary on "The influence of lung airways branching structure and diffusion time on measurements and models of short-range 3He gas MR diffusion".

    Parra-Robles, Juan; Wild, Jim M

    2014-02-01

    Our extensive investigation of the cylinder model theory through numerical modelling and purpose-designed experiments has demonstrated that it does produce inaccurate estimates of airway dimensions at all diffusion times currently used. This is due to a variety of effects: incomplete treatment of non-Gaussian effects, finite airway size, branching geometry, background susceptibility gradients and diffusion time dependence of the (3)He MR diffusion behaviour in acinar airways. The cylinder model is a good starting point for the development of a lung morphometry technique from (3)He diffusion MR but its limitations need to be understood and documented in the interest of reliable clinical interpretation. PMID:24342570

  18. Observation of quasi-fast diffusion process in sup 3 He- sup 4 He solid solutions near BCC-HCP

    Mikhin, N P; Rudavskij, E Y

    2001-01-01

    By means of pulsed NMR one investigated into diffusion processes i sup 3 He dilute solid solution in sup 4 He at the BCC-HCP phase equilibrium line and in a melting-point curve. The applied techniques of the spin echo enabled to separate contributions made by all co-existing phases. It is determined that alongside with the contributions relevant to the equilibrium phases a secondary diffusion process characterized by anomalously high value of the diffusion coefficient manifests itself. It is shown to be close to the value of diffusion coefficient for liquid helium while diffusion is a spatially restricted one. One assumes that the observed effect may be associated with occurrence of liquid drops in the BCC-HCP transition process

  19. Time course of the apparent diffusion coefficient after cerebral infarction

    Ahlhelm, F.; Backens, M.; Reith, W.; Hagen, T. [Department of Neuroradiology, University of Saarland, 66424 Homburg/Saar (Germany); Schneider, G. [Department of Radiology, University of Saarland, 66424 Homburg/Saar (Germany)

    2002-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate quantitative apparent diffusion changes in the center of infarction by measurement of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), and to investigate the influence of ischemia on the contralateral hemisphere. By diffusion echo-planar imaging (EPI) 52 patients showing cerebral infarction were studied within 5 h to >12 months after onset of clinical symptoms. Using three diffusion gradient strengths (b1=30 s/mm{sup 2}; b2=300 s/mm{sup 2}, b3=1100 s/mm{sup 2}) ADC maps were generated. After onset of ischemia, ADC in the center of infarction was lower than in the contralateral regions of human brain. At first ADC declined for approximately 28 h to a minimum of approximately 150 x 10{sup -8} cm{sup 2}/s. Then the ADC reincreased and reached a ''pseudonormalization'' after approximately 5 days. Chronic infarctions did show much higher ADC values (2000 x 10{sup -8} cm{sup 2}/s) than unaffected areas. Neither localization nor size of infarctions showed a significant influence on this time course. In the center of infarction diffusion is isotropic. Even brain regions of the contralateral hemisphere are influenced by cerebral ischemia. In these regions ADC is higher than for physiological conditions. The ADC also declines especially for the first 2-3 days after onset of symptoms, also followed by reincrease. The ADC calculation enables determination of the onset of infarction more exactly than is possible using only diffusion-weighted imaging. Diffusion in the center of infarction is isotropic; hence, orientation of the diffusion gradients has no significant influence on sensitivity of measurements. The calculation of the ADC ratio based on data derived from the center of infarction and the contralateral hemisphere seems to be critical because the ADC in the unaffected contralateral hemisphere also changes. (orig.)

  20. Time course of the apparent diffusion coefficient after cerebral infarction

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate quantitative apparent diffusion changes in the center of infarction by measurement of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), and to investigate the influence of ischemia on the contralateral hemisphere. By diffusion echo-planar imaging (EPI) 52 patients showing cerebral infarction were studied within 5 h to >12 months after onset of clinical symptoms. Using three diffusion gradient strengths (b1=30 s/mm2; b2=300 s/mm2, b3=1100 s/mm2) ADC maps were generated. After onset of ischemia, ADC in the center of infarction was lower than in the contralateral regions of human brain. At first ADC declined for approximately 28 h to a minimum of approximately 150 x 10-8 cm2/s. Then the ADC reincreased and reached a ''pseudonormalization'' after approximately 5 days. Chronic infarctions did show much higher ADC values (2000 x 10-8 cm2/s) than unaffected areas. Neither localization nor size of infarctions showed a significant influence on this time course. In the center of infarction diffusion is isotropic. Even brain regions of the contralateral hemisphere are influenced by cerebral ischemia. In these regions ADC is higher than for physiological conditions. The ADC also declines especially for the first 2-3 days after onset of symptoms, also followed by reincrease. The ADC calculation enables determination of the onset of infarction more exactly than is possible using only diffusion-weighted imaging. Diffusion in the center of infarction is isotropic; hence, orientation of the diffusion gradients has no significant influence on sensitivity of measurements. The calculation of the ADC ratio based on data derived from the center of infarction and the contralateral hemisphere seems to be critical because the ADC in the unaffected contralateral hemisphere also changes. (orig.)

  1. Isotropic apparent diffusion coefficient mapping of postnatal cerebral development

    Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) allows us to image the motion of tissue water. This has been used to demonstrate acute ischaemia. Diffusion imaging is also sensitive to water movement along neuronal tracts. Our objective was to map brain maturation in vivo using maps of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC). We studied 22 children without neurological disease aged between 2 and 720 days. MRI was performed at 1.5 tesla. Multislice single-shot echoplanar DWI was performed at b 0 and 1000 s/mm2. ADC maps were generated automatically and measurements were performed in the basal ganglia, frontal and temporal white matter and the pons. There was a decrease over time in water diffusion in the areas examined, most marked in the frontal (0.887-1.898 x 10-3 mm2/s) and temporal (1.077-1.748 x 10-3 mm2/s)lobes. There was little change, after an initial decrease, in the basal ganglia (0.690-1.336 x 10-3 mm2/s). There was a difference in water diffusion between the anterior (0.687-1.581 x 10-3 mm2/s) and posterior (0.533-1.393 x 10-3 mm2/s) pons. These changes correlate well with those observed in progressive myelination: the increased water content probably reflects incomplete myelination and the decrease with time in water motion reflects the increase in myelinated brain. (orig.)

  2. Apparent diffusion coefficient correlation with oesophageal tumour stroma and angiogenesis

    Aoyagi, Tomoyoshi; Shuto, Kiyohiko; Okazumi, Shinichi; Hayano, Kohichi; Satoh, Asami; Saitoh, Hiroshige; Shimada, Hideaki; Nabeya, Yoshihiro; Matsubara, Hisahiro [Chiba University, Department of Frontier Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba (Japan); Kazama, Toshiki [Chiba University, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba (Japan)

    2012-06-15

    Because diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) can predict the prognosis of patients with oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), we hypothesised that apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values might be correlated with the collagen content and tumour angiogenesis. The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation between ADC values of ESCC before treatment and oesophageal tumour stroma and angiogenesis. Seventeen patients with ESCC were enrolled. The ADC values were calculated from the DWI score. Seventeen patients who had undergone oesophagectomy were analysed for tumour stroma, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and CD34. Tissue collagen was stained with azocarmine and aniline blue to quantitatively analyse the extracellular matrix in cancer stroma. Tissues were stained with VEGF and CD34 to analyse the angiogenesis. The ADC values decreased with stromal collagen growth. We found a negative correlation between the tumour ADC and the amount of stromal collagen (r = -0.729, P = 0.001), i.e. the ADC values decreased with growth of VEGF. We also found a negative correlation between the ADC of the tumours and the amount of VEGF (r = 0.538, P = 0.026). Our results indicated that the ADC value may be a novel prognostic factor and contribute to the treatment of oesophageal cancer. circle Magnetic resonance apparent diffusion coefficient values inversely indicate tumour stromal collagen circle There is also negative correlation between ADCs and vascular endothelial growth factor circle ADC values may contribute to the treatment of oesophageal cancer. (orig.)

  3. Apparent diffusion coefficient correlation with oesophageal tumour stroma and angiogenesis

    Because diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) can predict the prognosis of patients with oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), we hypothesised that apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values might be correlated with the collagen content and tumour angiogenesis. The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation between ADC values of ESCC before treatment and oesophageal tumour stroma and angiogenesis. Seventeen patients with ESCC were enrolled. The ADC values were calculated from the DWI score. Seventeen patients who had undergone oesophagectomy were analysed for tumour stroma, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and CD34. Tissue collagen was stained with azocarmine and aniline blue to quantitatively analyse the extracellular matrix in cancer stroma. Tissues were stained with VEGF and CD34 to analyse the angiogenesis. The ADC values decreased with stromal collagen growth. We found a negative correlation between the tumour ADC and the amount of stromal collagen (r = -0.729, P = 0.001), i.e. the ADC values decreased with growth of VEGF. We also found a negative correlation between the ADC of the tumours and the amount of VEGF (r = 0.538, P = 0.026). Our results indicated that the ADC value may be a novel prognostic factor and contribute to the treatment of oesophageal cancer. circle Magnetic resonance apparent diffusion coefficient values inversely indicate tumour stromal collagen circle There is also negative correlation between ADCs and vascular endothelial growth factor circle ADC values may contribute to the treatment of oesophageal cancer. (orig.)

  4. Radiation-damage-controlled He diffusion and 4He/3He spectra in apatite: an example of mutually consistent results from the Grand Canyon (Invited)

    Farley, K. A.; Flowers, R. M.

    2009-12-01

    Recent work indicates that He diffusion from apatite is impeded by the accumulation of radiation damage from actinide decay. Supporting evidence includes laboratory diffusion measurements as well as (U-Th)/He dates positively correlated with effective uranium (eU) concentration in certain geologic situations. Here we investigate whether the radiation damage effect can be identified in 4He concentration profiles, as it must be if the system behaves as we anticipate. Apatites from nearby igneous basement samples in the Upper Gorge of the Grand Canyon showing a strong date-eU correlation were proton irradiated, step-heated, and analyzed for 4He/3He spectra. The low eU apatites with younger He dates yielded nearly flat spectra, while the high eU apatites with older He dates yielded highly rounded spectra (see Figure). This implies that the higher eU apatites were partially retaining He while the lower eU apatites were still acting as an open system. Using the RDAAM kinetic model (Flowers et al. 2009) and local geologic constraints we confirm that this behavior is consistent with the observed differences in date and eU, providing compelling evidence that both the He dates and the 4He profiles are sensitive to radiation damage accumulation. Equally importantly, the combination of multiple samples with differing eU and thus differing 4He/3He spectra yields remarkably tight constraints on the time-temperature path experienced by these rocks, from ~90oC down to < 30oC.

  5. Apparent diffusion coefficient measurements in progressive supranuclear palsy

    Ohshita, T.; Oka, M.; Imon, Y.; Yamaguchi, S.; Mimori, Y.; Nakamura, S. [Hiroshima Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine

    2000-09-01

    We measured the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), using diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and signal intensity on T2-weighted MRI in the cerebral white matter of patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and age-matched normal subjects. In PSP, ADC in the prefrontal and precentral white matter was significantly higher than in controls. There was no significant difference in signal intensity on T2-weighted images. The ADC did correlate with signal intensity. The distribution of the elevation of ADC may be the consequence of underlying pathological changes, such as neurofibrillary tangles or glial fibrillary tangles in the cortex. Our findings suggest that ADC measurement might be useful for demonstrating subtle neuropathological changes. (orig.)

  6. Apparent diffusion coefficient measurements in progressive supranuclear palsy

    We measured the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), using diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and signal intensity on T2-weighted MRI in the cerebral white matter of patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and age-matched normal subjects. In PSP, ADC in the prefrontal and precentral white matter was significantly higher than in controls. There was no significant difference in signal intensity on T2-weighted images. The ADC did correlate with signal intensity. The distribution of the elevation of ADC may be the consequence of underlying pathological changes, such as neurofibrillary tangles or glial fibrillary tangles in the cortex. Our findings suggest that ADC measurement might be useful for demonstrating subtle neuropathological changes. (orig.)

  7. Age dependence of the renal apparent diffusion coefficient in children

    Diffusion imaging has proved to be a powerful tool for diagnosing ischemic lesions in the brain, and the technique is now being applied to other organs, including the kidneys. For quantitative studies it is important to define the normal values of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), given the important physiological changes that occur in the kidney during early childhood it is likely that the ADC changes markedly during this period. To evaluate the age dependent changes in the ADC of normal kidneys in the pediatric population. The whole kidney ADC was calculated for 62 pediatric patients on a 1.5-T system using a respiratory-triggered, single-shot diffusion tensor imaging sequence with b values of 50, 200, and 350 mm2/s. The ADC was found to increase with age with the largest increase being in the first year of life, the rate of change being described by a constant plus a power function, specifically 1349+{358.5*{age0.34}}, (P < 0.001). The renal ADC changes significantly during childhood. (orig.)

  8. Apparent diffusion coefficients of breast tumors. Clinical application

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) for the differential diagnosis of breast tumors and to determine the relation between ADC and tumor cellularity. One hundred and thirty-six female patients (age range, 17-83 years; average age, 51.7 years) with 140 histologically proven breast tumors underwent diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (DWI) using the spin-echo echo-planar technique, and the ADCs of the tumors were calculated using 3 different b values, 0, 500, and 1000 s/mm2. The diagnoses consisted of fibroadenoma (FA, n=16), invasive ductal carcinoma, not otherwise specified (IDC, n=117), medullary carcinoma (ME, n=3) and mucinous carcinoma (MU, n=4). Tumor cellularity was calculated from surgical specimens. The ADCs of breast tumors and cellularity were compared between different histological types by analysis of variance and Scheffe's post hoc test. The correlation between tumor cellularity and ADC was analyzed by Pearson correlation test. Significant differences were observed in ADCs between FA and all types of cancers (P2=0.451). The ADC may potentially help in differentiating benign and malignant breast tumors. Tumor ADC correlates inversely with tumor cellularity. (author)

  9. Solid focal liver lesion characterisation with apparent diffusion coefficient ratios

    Non-invasive characterisation of focal liver lesions using diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) has been heavily investigated and has shown substantial overlap between benign and malignant lesions. We have calculated a ratio of lesion to normal liver to determine if it improves accuracy for correct categorisation. All hepatic MRI studies performed between 1st April 2009 and 26th September 2011 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with solid focal liver lesions in whom a diagnosis could be established and had lesions over 10mm were included. Haemangiomas, cysts and patients with chronic liver disease were excluded. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values were calculated for each lesion and adjacent normal liver on breath hold DWI. Two hundred fifty-eight studies were performed and 206 were excluded leaving 52 scans and 58 lesions of which 47 were benign and 11 were malignant. The mean ADC value for benign lesions was 1196.6 (two standard deviations (2SD)=±399.9) and of benign liver 1101.5 (2SD=±329.8) with a ratio of benign lesion to benign liver of 1.1005 (2SD=±0.3783). The mean ADC of malignant lesions was 1153.0 (2SD=±604.9) and malignant liver of 1080.7 (2SD=±533.4) giving a malignant lesion to malignant liver ratio of 1.0890 (2SD=±0.4975). None of these results were statistically significant (all P>0.5). DWI is unable to reliably differentiate solid benign lesions from solid malignant lesions.

  10. Hyperpolarized 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Stavngaard, Trine; Søgaard, Lise; Mortensen, J;

    2005-01-01

    compare ventilation imaging methods in 26 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and nine lung healthy volunteers. METHODS: HP 3He MRI, 81mKr single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pulmonary function tests were performed. The...... visual defect score (r=0.80, p<0.0001) and objective estimate of ventilation (r=0.45, p=0.0157). In addition, both scanswere well correlated with reference methods for the diagnosis of emphysema (pulmonary function test and HRCT). The defect scores were largest on 81mKr SPECT (the score on HP 3He MRI was...... defect scores are comparable on HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT. Additionally, new insights into the regional pulmonary microstructure via the apparent diffusion coefficient measurements are provided by HP 3He MRI. HP 3He MRI is a promising new diagnostic tool for the assessment of ventilation distribution...

  11. Discrimination of paediatric brain tumours using apparent diffusion coefficient histograms

    Bull, Jonathan G.; Clark, Christopher A. [UCL Institute of Child Health, Imaging and Biophysics Unit, London (United Kingdom); Saunders, Dawn E. [Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom)

    2012-02-15

    To determine if histograms of apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC) can be used to differentiate paediatric brain tumours. Imaging of histologically confirmed tumours with pre-operative ADC maps were reviewed (54 cases, 32 male, mean age 6.1 years; range 0.1-15.8 years) comprising 6 groups. Whole tumour ADC histograms were calculated; normalised for volume. Stepwise logistic regression analysis was used to differentiate tumour types using histogram metrics, initially for all groups and then for specific subsets. All 6 groups (5 dysembryoplastic neuroectodermal tumours, 22 primitive neuroectodermal tumours (PNET), 5 ependymomas, 7 choroid plexus papillomas, 4 atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumours (ATRT) and 9 juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas (JPA)) were compared. 74% (40/54) were correctly classified using logistic regression of ADC histogram parameters. In the analysis of posterior fossa tumours, 80% of ependymomas, 100% of astrocytomas and 94% of PNET-medulloblastoma were classified correctly. All PNETs were discriminated from ATRTs (22 PNET and 4 supratentorial ATRTs) (100%). ADC histograms are useful in differentiating paediatric brain tumours, in particular, the common posterior fossa tumours of childhood. PNETs were differentiated from supratentorial ATRTs, in all cases, which has important implications in terms of clinical management. (orig.)

  12. Electrodisintegration of 3He

    An experimental study of the reaction 3He(e, d) e'p was carried out by measuring differential cross sections of deuterons as a function of deuteron energy and angle for three incident electron energies. The electrodisintegration cross section was also calculated using an Irving-Gunn wave function for the ground state with a plane wave for the final-state. As in the case of photodisintegration calculations the result indicates the need for including complete final-state rescattering effects

  13. ^3He Spin Pump

    Yamaguchi, A.; Ishimoto, H.; Kojima, H.

    2009-03-01

    The superfluid component of ^3He A1 phase is spin-polarized. The process of forcing the superfluid component through a spin filtering structure, in a manner of mechano-magnetic effect, can be used to increase the spin polarization beyond the equilibrium under a given applied magnetic field. We have constructed a test cell in which a glass capillary array acts as the spin (and entropy) filter and an electrostatically actuated diaphragm forces the superfluid flow through it. Preliminary results show that a maximum relative increase of polarization by 50 % could be achieved. The maximum increase in polarization appears to be limited by the critical superfluid flow through the channels in the glass capillary array. The dependence of the observed effects on temperature, pressure and magnetic field will be presented.

  14. Diffusion of πsup(+-) mesons on D, 3He, 4He with a streamer self-shunted camera in a magnetic field

    A streamer self-shunted camera has been developed with the study of interactions of πsup(+-) mesons on D, 3He, 4He. The camera can operate at high beam currents (10 sup(5)/10sup(6)ssup(-1)), so processes with small cross sections can be studied

  15. Hyperpolarised 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    During recent years, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using hyperpolarised (HP) 3He gas has emerged as a promising new method for the imaging of lung ventilation. However, systematic comparisons with nuclear medicine techniques have not yet been performed. The aim of this study was to compare ventilation imaging methods in 26 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and nine lung healthy volunteers. HP 3He MRI, 81mKr single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pulmonary function tests were performed. The three scans were scored visually as percentage of non-ventilated/diseased lung, and a computer-based objective measure of the ventilated volume in HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT and an emphysema index in HRCT were calculated. We found a good correlation between HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT for both visual defect score (r=0.80, p81mKr SPECT (the score on HP 3He MRI was one-third less than that on 81mKr SPECT), but the difference was reduced after normalisation for different breathing depths (HP 3He MRI at total lung capacity; 81mKr SPECT at tidal breathing at functional residual capacity). HP 3He MRI provides detailed ventilation distribution images and defect scores are comparable on HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT. Additionally, new insights into the regional pulmonary microstructure via the apparent diffusion coefficient measurements are provided by HP 3He MRI. HP 3He MRI is a promising new diagnostic tool for the assessment of ventilation distribution. (orig.)

  16. Diffusion-weighted MR and apparent diffusion coefficient in the evaluation of severe brain injury

    Purpose: To study apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps in severely brain-injured patients. Material and Methods: Four deeply comatose patients with severe brain injury were investigated with single-shot, diffusion-weighted, spin-echo echo planar imaging. The tetrahedral diffusion gradient configuration and four iterations of a set of b-values (one time of 0 mm2/s, and four times of 1000 mm2/s) were used to create isotropic ADC maps with high signal-to-noise ratio. ADC values of gray and white matter were compared among patients and 4 reference subjects. Results: one patient was diagnosed as clinically brain dead after the MR examination. The patient's ADC values of gray and white matter were significantly lower than those of 3 other brain-injured patients. In addition the ADC value of white matter was significantly lower than that of gray matter. Conclusion: The patient with fatal outcome shortly after MR examination differed significantly from other patients with severe brain injury but non-fatal outcome, with regard to ADC values in gray and white matter. This might indicate a prognostic value of ADC maps in the evaluation of traumatic brain injury

  17. Apparent charge symmetry violation in the D(d,p)T and D(d,n){sup 3}He fusion reactions at stellar energies; Violation apparente de la symetrie de charge dans les reactions de fusion D(d,p)T et D(d,n){sup 3}He aux energies stellaires

    Nebia, F.; Ouichaoui, S. [Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, Faculte des Sciences, Alger (Algeria); Beaumevieille, H. [Universite Joseph-Fourier, Institut des Sciences Nucleaires, IN2P3-CNRS, Grenoble I, 38 (France)

    2002-08-01

    The existing experimental data concerning the D(d,p)T and D(d,n){sup 3}He reactions at stellar energies are analysed using the WKB approximation. The s and p partial waves decomposition of the astrophysical S(E) factor is presented; the anisotropies are also investigated. An interpretation coherent with the charge symmetry of the p wave astrophysical factor, S{sup i}{sub 1}(E), and the anisotropy, A{sub i}(E) (i=n,p), for these fusion reactions is given in terms of two known 1{sup -} levels in {sup 4}He at Ex = 23.64 MeV (T=1) and 24.25 MeV (T=0). (author)

  18. The 3He Supply Problem

    Kouzes, Richard T.

    2009-05-01

    One of the main uses for 3He is in gas proportional counters for neutron detection. Radiation portal monitors deployed for homeland security and non-proliferation use such detectors. Other uses of 3He are for research detectors, commercial instruments, well logging detectors, dilution refrigerators, for targets or cooling in nuclear research, and for basic research in condensed matter physics. The US supply of 3He comes almost entirely from the decay of tritium used in nuclear weapons by the US and Russia. A few other countries contribute a small amount to the world’s 3He supply. Due to the large increase in use of 3He for homeland security, the supply has dwindled, and can no longer meet the demand. This white paper reviews the problems of supply, utilization, and alternatives.

  19. Hyperpolarized 3He magnetic resonance imaging: Preliminary evaluation of phenotyping potential in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Rationale and objectives: Emphysema and small airway obstruction are the pathological hallmarks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this pilot study in a small group of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients was to quantify hyperpolarized helium-3 (3He) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) functional and structural measurements and to explore the potential role for 3He MRI in detecting the lung structural and functional COPD phenotypes. Materials and methods: We evaluated 20 ex-smokers with stage I (n = 1), stage II (n = 9) and stage III COPD (n = 10). All subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, 1H MRI and hyperpolarized 3He MRI at 3.0 T. 3He ventilation defect percent (VDP) was generated from 3He static ventilation images and 1H thoracic images and the 3He apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) was derived from diffusion-weighted MRI. Results: Based on the relative contribution of normalized ADC and VDP, there was evidence of a predominant 3He MRI measurement in seven patients (n = 3 mainly ventilation defects or VDP dominant (VD), n = 4 mainly increased ADC or ADC dominant (AD)). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed significantly lower ADC for subjects with predominantly elevated VDP (p = 0.02 compared to subjects with predominantly elevated ADC; p = 0.008 compared to mixed group) and significantly decreased VDP for subjects with predominantly elevated ADC (p = 0.003, compared to mixed group). Conclusion: In this small pilot study, a preliminary analysis shows the potential for 3He MRI to categorize or phenotype COPD ex-smokers, providing good evidence of feasibility for larger prospective studies.

  20. Diffusion-weighted imaging in breast cancer: relationship between apparent diffusion coefficient and tumour aggressiveness

    Costantini, M.; Belli, P.; Rinaldi, P. [Department of Bio-Sciences and Radiological Imaging, Catholic University, Rome (Italy); Bufi, E., E-mail: reagandus@alice.i [Department of Bio-Sciences and Radiological Imaging, Catholic University, Rome (Italy); Giardina, G. [Department of Bio-Sciences and Radiological Imaging, Catholic University, Rome (Italy); Franceschini, G. [Department of Surgery, Catholic University, Rome (Italy); Petrone, G. [Department of Pathology, Catholic University, Rome (Italy); Bonomo, L. [Department of Bio-Sciences and Radiological Imaging, Catholic University, Rome (Italy)

    2010-12-15

    Aim: To assess the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging in diagnosing and characterizing breast malignancy. Materials and methods: From April 2006 to April 2009, all consecutive patients with breast cancer undergoing breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and subsequent surgery in our hospital were enrolled in this study. MRI was performed using a 1.5 T MRI unit using a dedicated, bilateral, four-channel breast coil. The MRI protocol included a diffusion sequence acquired using b values of 0 and 1000 s/mm{sup 2}. For each malignant lesion the relationships between tumour grade and histology and the relative value of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) were analysed. Results: There were 136 female patients with 162 lesions. Histology revealed 149 invasive carcinomas and 13 ductal carcinomas in situ. There were 34 grade 1, 61 grade 2, and 67 grade 3 lesions. The mean ADC value of all malignant lesions was 1.03 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s. The mean ADC values for invasive and in situ carcinomas were 1.03 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s and 1.05 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, respectively. The mean ADC values for grade 1, 2, and 3 tumours were 1.25 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, 1.02 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, and 0.92 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, respectively. A statistically significant (p < 0.001) inverse correlation was disclosed between the ADC value and the tumour grading. The mean ADC value of the 'less aggressive' group of disease (G1 and in situ lesions) was 1.19 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, whereas the mean ADC value of the 'more aggressive' group (G2-G3 invasive carcinomas) was 0.96 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s (p < 0.001). Conclusion: The study confirms the usefulness of diffusion imaging in assessing the aggressiveness of breast tumours. ADC appears to be a promising parameter in the evaluation of the degree of malignancy of breast cancer tissue.

  1. Association of early CT abnormalities, infarct size, and apparent diffusion coefficient reduction in acute ischemic stroke

    Somford, DM; Marks, MP; Thijs, VN; Tong, DC

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Diffusion-weighted (DW) imaging is more sensitive for early ischemia than CT, and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) mapping permits quantification of the severity of cytotoxic edema. We examined the relationship between early CT findings, ischemic lesion volume on DW image

  2. In vivo measurement of apparent diffusion coefficients of hyperpolarized 13C‐labeled metabolites

    Søgaard, Lise Vejby; Schilling, Franz; Janich, Martin A.; Menzel, Marion I.; Ardenkjær-Larsen, Jan Henrik

    2014-01-01

    The combination of hyperpolarized MRS with diffusion weighting (dw) allows for determination of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), which is indicative of the intra‐ or extracellular localization of the metabolite. Here, a slice‐selective pulsed‐gradient spin echo sequence was implemented t...

  3. Usefulness of apparent diffusion coefficient in ovarian cystic tumors using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging

    To evaluate the usefulness of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) in patients with ovarian cystic tumors. During past 12 months, we studied 30 patients who were clinically suspected of having ovarian cystic tumors and who underwent DWI using a 1.5 T MR unit, Eight patients with small cystic ovarian lesions of less than 3 cm in diameter and insufficient DWI were excluded from the calculation of the ADC values. The remaining twenty-six cystic ovarian lesions in 22 patients were classified into four groups; ovarian cysts, cystadenomas, other benign tumors, and malignant tumors. DWI was obtained using single-shot spin echo planar imaging and two gradient steps (b values of 0, 800 sec/mm2). The ADC values were measured using regions-of-interest (ROI) in the cystic components of the DWI located in the same section as the T2-weighted image and away from the septation and solid components. The mean ADC values were 0.196 ± 0.105 x 10-3 mm2/sec in the ovarian cysts, 1.312 ± 1.064 x 10-3 mm2/sec in the cystadenomas, 0.274 ± 0.124 x 10-3 mm2/sec in the other benign tumors, and 1.011 ± 0.080 x 10-3 mm2/sec in the malignant tumors. The differences in the ADC values between the ovarian cysts and cystadenomas, the ovarian cysts and malignant tumors, the cystadenomas and other benign tumors, and the other benign tumors and mailgnant tumors were statistically significant (ρ 0.05). The calculated ADC values using DWI should be helpful in the differential diagnosis of cystic ovarian tumors

  4. Apparent diffusion coefficient of diffusion weighted MRI in endometrial carcinoma—Relationship with local invasiveness

    Objective: To evaluate the relationship between apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value and the local invasiveness of endometrial carcinoma. Methods and materials: The MR imaging of seventy-three patients with endometrial carcinoma proved by post-operative pathology and sixty-four patients with healthy uteri were retrospectively reviewed. All MR examinations included axial T2WI and T1WI, sagittal T2WI and diffusion-weighted sequences (b = 0 and b = 1000 s/mm2). Tumor size, mean ADC value (ADCm) and quartile ADC (ADCq) were acquired on post-processing workstation using voxel-analysis software. Differences between the ADC values among three layers of normal uterine body and endometrial carcinomas were compared by ANOVA test. Groups were divided according to pathologic type, histologic grade, depth of myometrial infiltration, presence of cervical invasion and lymphovascular space invasion, and lymph node metastasis. Tumor size and ADC values were compared and analyzed. Results: ADC values were different in three zones of uterine body (P −3 mm2/s] and highest in outer myometrium [(1.496 ± 0.196) × 10−3 mm2/s]. Mean ADC value of endometrial carcinomas [(1.011 ± 0.121) × 10−3 mm2/s] was lower than the normal uterine body. Quartile ADC and tumor size were greater in groups with more invasive pathologic factors (P < 0.05). Deep myometrial infiltration, cervical invasion, lymphovascular space invasion and lymph node metastasis were more common as quartile ADC values and tumor sizes increased. Conclusion: Mean ADC value was lower in endometrial carcinoma was lower than the normal uterus. Quartile ADC, representing the intra-tumor heterogeneity of water movement, had a profound relationship with invasiveness of endometrial carcinomas, while mean ADC value did not. ADC values may serve as a quantitative indicator to complement routine sequences.

  5. Apparent diffusive motion of centrin foci in living cells: implications for diffusion-based motion in centriole duplication

    Rafelski, Susanne M.; Keller, Lani C.; Alberts, Jonathan B.; Marshall, Wallace F.

    2011-04-01

    The degree to which diffusion contributes to positioning cellular structures is an open question. Here we investigate the question of whether diffusive motion of centrin granules would allow them to interact with the mother centriole. The role of centrin granules in centriole duplication remains unclear, but some proposed functions of these granules, for example, in providing pre-assembled centriole subunits, or by acting as unstable 'pre-centrioles' that need to be captured by the mother centriole (La Terra et al 2005 J. Cell Biol. 168 713-22), require the centrin foci to reach the mother. To test whether diffusive motion could permit such interactions in the necessary time scale, we measured the motion of centrin-containing foci in living human U2OS cells. We found that these centrin foci display apparently diffusive undirected motion. Using the apparent diffusion constant obtained from these measurements, we calculated the time scale required for diffusion to capture by the mother centrioles and found that it would greatly exceed the time available in the cell cycle. We conclude that mechanisms invoking centrin foci capture by the mother, whether as a pre-centriole or as a source of components to support later assembly, would require a form of directed motility of centrin foci that has not yet been observed.

  6. Apparent diffusive motion of centrin foci in living cells: implications for diffusion-based motion in centriole duplication

    The degree to which diffusion contributes to positioning cellular structures is an open question. Here we investigate the question of whether diffusive motion of centrin granules would allow them to interact with the mother centriole. The role of centrin granules in centriole duplication remains unclear, but some proposed functions of these granules, for example, in providing pre-assembled centriole subunits, or by acting as unstable 'pre-centrioles' that need to be captured by the mother centriole (La Terra et al 2005 J. Cell Biol. 168 713–22), require the centrin foci to reach the mother. To test whether diffusive motion could permit such interactions in the necessary time scale, we measured the motion of centrin-containing foci in living human U2OS cells. We found that these centrin foci display apparently diffusive undirected motion. Using the apparent diffusion constant obtained from these measurements, we calculated the time scale required for diffusion to capture by the mother centrioles and found that it would greatly exceed the time available in the cell cycle. We conclude that mechanisms invoking centrin foci capture by the mother, whether as a pre-centriole or as a source of components to support later assembly, would require a form of directed motility of centrin foci that has not yet been observed

  7. Role of magnetic resonance diffusion imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient values in the evaluation of spinal tuberculosis in Indian patients

    To define a range of apparent diffusion coefficient values in spinal tuberculosis and to evaluate the sensitivity of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) and apparent diffusion coefficient values in patients of spinal tuberculosis. This study was conducted over a period of 20 months and included 110 patients with a total of 230 vertebral bodies. The study was performed in two parts. The first part included all patients of known tuberculosis and patients with classical features of tuberculosis. The second part included patients with spinal pathology of indeterminate etiology. All the patients underwent a routine MRI examination along with diffusion sequences. The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values were calculated from all the involved vertebral bodies. The mean ADC value of affected vertebrae in first part of the study was found to be 1.4 ± 0.20 × 10−3 mm2/s. This ADC value was then applied to patients in the second part of study in order to determine its ability in predicting tuberculosis. This range of ADC values was significantly different from the mean ADC values of normal vertebrae and those with metastatic involvement. However, there was an overlap of ADC values in a few tuberculous vertebrae with the ADC values in metastatic vertebrae. We found that DW-MRI and ADC values may help in the differentiation of spinal tuberculosis from other lesions of similar appearance. However, an overlap of ADC values was noted with those of metastatic vertebrae. Therefore diffusion imaging and ADC values must always be interpreted in association with clinical history and routine MRI findings and not in isolation

  8. The apparent diffusion coefficient does not reflect cytotoxic edema on the uninjured side after traumatic brain injury

    Lu, Hong; Lei, Xiaoyan

    2014-01-01

    After traumatic brain injury, vasogenic and cytotoxic edema appear sequentially on the involved side. Neuroimaging investigations of edema on the injured side have employed apparent diffusion coefficient measurements in diffusion tensor imaging. We investigated the changes occurring on the injured and uninjured sides using diffusion tensor imaging/apparent diffusion coefficient and histological samples in rats. We found that, on the injured side, that vasogenic edema appeared at 1 hour and in...

  9. Apparent diffusion coefficient and beyond: what diffusion MR Imaging can tell us about tissue structure

    In summary, cellular components are greatly responsible for the reduced diffusion coefficient in biologic tissues, and there is growing evidence that membranes, even if they are permeable, are likely the main actor that 'hinders' the water diffusion process. Even if one reduces the diffusion process to membrane interactions, the ADC is expected to depend on both the membrane permeability and its geometry within the tissue, which could have conflicting results on the overall diffusion MR imaging signal. Such considerations have led to some speculations on how the ADC is modulated by cell size (decrease in ADC associated with cell swelling and membrane surface increase, as observed in stroke or neuronal activation), cell density (decrease in ADC associated with the increased membrane content), or cell or membrane orientation (diffusion anisotropy in white matter fibers). But those 'explanations' have remained desperately qualitative. Clearly one would like to know much more: amount of cell swelling, or cell density, and so on. To understand better, some physical modeling comes in as a necessity. Simulation work shows that the ADC which is obtained at low b values (typically a few hundred up to 1000 sec/mm2) mostly reflects the extracellular space unless cells or some cellular elements are strongly elongated along the diffusion measurement direction. The intracellular space remains invisible (and variations of intracellular diffusion cannot be seen), as long as membrane permeability remains normal (that is not particularly high). The variations in ADC according to physiologic or pathologic conditions that have been observed, thus, result from the negative indirect imprint of the cells on the topology of the extracellular space: Cell swelling and cell proliferation tend to 'squeeze' the extracellular space, resulting in an increase in tortuosity and a decrease in ADC. However, specificity remains low. For instance, in the presence of two

  10. A multipurpose 3He refrigerator

    Pizzo, L.; Dall'Oglio, G.; Martinis, L.; Sabbatini, L.

    2006-10-01

    We introduce a mini 3He refrigerator, operating at ˜300 mK starting from 4.2 K without pumping on the main 4He bath. The innovative idea is that the present one is suitable for a very fast operation; for its use, it is sufficient a storage 4He Dewar. In this way we drastically reduce the time required to cool it down, because there is no need for a classic cryostat. This prototype is particularly aimed for all those operations in which it is necessary to test a large number of samples that do not require long duration measurements at low temperature.

  11. The Correlation between Apparent Diffusion Coefficient and Tumor Cellularity in Patients: A Meta-Analysis

    Chen, Lihua; Liu, Min; Bao, Jing; XIA, YUNBAO; Zhang, Jiuquan; Zhang, Lin; Huang, Xuequan; Jian WANG

    2013-01-01

    Objective To perform a meta-analysis exploring the correlation between the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and tumor cellularity in patients. Materials and Methods We searched medical and scientific literature databases for studies discussing the correlation between the ADC and tumor cellularity in patients. Only studies that were published in English or Chinese prior to November 2012 were considered for inclusion. Summary correlation coefficient (r) values were extracted from each study...

  12. Hyperpolarized {sup 3}He magnetic resonance imaging: Preliminary evaluation of phenotyping potential in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Mathew, Lindsay, E-mail: lmathew@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Kirby, Miranda, E-mail: mkirby@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Etemad-Rezai, Roya, E-mail: Roya.EtemadRezai@lhsc.on.ca [Department of Medical Imaging, University of Western Ontario (Canada); Wheatley, Andrew, E-mail: awheat@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); McCormack, David G., E-mail: David.McCormack@lhsc.on.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Lawson Health Research Institute, London (Canada); Parraga, Grace, E-mail: gep@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Department of Medical Imaging, University of Western Ontario (Canada); Lawson Health Research Institute, London (Canada)

    2011-07-15

    Rationale and objectives: Emphysema and small airway obstruction are the pathological hallmarks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this pilot study in a small group of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients was to quantify hyperpolarized helium-3 ({sup 3}He) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) functional and structural measurements and to explore the potential role for {sup 3}He MRI in detecting the lung structural and functional COPD phenotypes. Materials and methods: We evaluated 20 ex-smokers with stage I (n = 1), stage II (n = 9) and stage III COPD (n = 10). All subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, {sup 1}H MRI and hyperpolarized {sup 3}He MRI at 3.0 T. {sup 3}He ventilation defect percent (VDP) was generated from {sup 3}He static ventilation images and {sup 1}H thoracic images and the {sup 3}He apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) was derived from diffusion-weighted MRI. Results: Based on the relative contribution of normalized ADC and VDP, there was evidence of a predominant {sup 3}He MRI measurement in seven patients (n = 3 mainly ventilation defects or VDP dominant (VD), n = 4 mainly increased ADC or ADC dominant (AD)). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed significantly lower ADC for subjects with predominantly elevated VDP (p = 0.02 compared to subjects with predominantly elevated ADC; p = 0.008 compared to mixed group) and significantly decreased VDP for subjects with predominantly elevated ADC (p = 0.003, compared to mixed group). Conclusion: In this small pilot study, a preliminary analysis shows the potential for {sup 3}He MRI to categorize or phenotype COPD ex-smokers, providing good evidence of feasibility for larger prospective studies.

  13. Emphysema Quantification in Inflation-Fixed Lungs Using Low-Dose Computed Tomography and 3He Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Gierada, David S.; Woods, Jason C.; Jacob, Rick E.; Bierhals, Andrew J.; Choong, Cliff K.; Bartel, Seth T.; Chang, Yulin V.; Das, Nitin A.; Hong, Cheng; Lutey, Barbara; Ritter, Jon H.; Pilgram, Thomas K.; Cooper, Joel D.; Patterson, G Alexander; Battafarano, Richard J.; Meyers, Bryan F.; Yablonskiy, Dmitriy A.; Conradi, Mark S.

    2010-09-02

    Abstract: Objective: To evaluate the use of inflation-fixed lung tissue for emphysema quantification with CT and 3He MR diffusion imaging. Methods: Fourteen subjects representing a range of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease severity who underwent complete or lobar lung resection were studied. CT measurements of lung attenuation and MR measurements of the hyperpolarized 3He apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in resected specimens fixed in inflation with heated formalin vapor were compared with measurements obtained before fixation. Results: The mean CT emphysema index was 56% ± 17% before and 58% ± 19% after fixation (P=0.77;R=0.76). Index differences correlated with differences in lung volume (R2=0.47). The mean 3He ADC was 0.40 ± 0.15 cm2/sec before and 0.39 ± 0.14 cm2/sec after fixation (P=0.03, R=0.98). The CT emphysema index and the 3He ADC were correlated before (R=0.89) and after fixation (R=0.79). Conclusion: Concordance of CT and 3He MR imaging measurements in unfixed and inflation-fixed lungs supports the use of inflation-fixed lungs for quantitative imaging studies in emphysema.

  14. Apparent diffusion coefficients of normal uterus in premenopausal women with 3 T MRI

    Aim: To investigate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of the normal uterine cervical zonal structures (cervical epithelium, the junctional zone, and myometrium) during different phases of the menstrual cycle among premenopausal women in different age groups. Materials and methods: Seventy healthy women, who were divided into three age groups (group A, 24 women in their twenties; group B, 23 women in their thirties; group C, 23 women in their forties), underwent 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with T2-weighted and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) during the mid-proliferative and the mid-secretory phases. Results: The ADC values of each cervical zonal structure were significantly different from one another (p 0.05). Conclusion: ADC values of normal cervical epithelium and the junctional zone change with different phases of the menstrual cycle, which should be taken into consideration when early cervical disease is detected, when monitoring treatment response, and differentiating early tumour recurrence

  15. Applications of 3He neutron spin filters at the NCNR

    At the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), we have applied 3He neutron spin filters (NSFs) to the instruments where 3He NSFs are advantageous, such as thermal triple-axis spectrometry, small-angle neutron scattering, and diffuse reflectometry. We present the status of our development and application of this method, including polarized gas production by spin-exchange optical pumping, magnetostatic cavities for storage of the polarized gas on the beam line, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based, on-line monitoring and reversal of the 3He polarization. We present the status of developing user-friendly interfaces incorporated into the instrument software to handle these 3He neutron spin filters while taking data and performing data analysis. Finally we discuss the status of development of a polarization capability on the multi-axis crystal spectrometer, which requires polarization analysis over a 220 deg. angular range.

  16. Models and Applications of in Vivo Lung Morphometry with Hyperpolarized 3He MRI in a Mild COPD Population

    Quirk, James D.; Sukstanskii, Alexander L.; Gierada, David S.; Woods, Jason C.; Conradi, Mark S.; Yablonskiy, Dmitriy A.

    2008-12-01

    Hyperpolarized 3He diffusion MRI is increasingly used to non-invasively quantify local alveolar structure changes, such as those from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Previously, we described an in vivo lung morphometry technique that decouples the helium apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) into components oriented along the longitudinal (DL) and transverse (DT) axes of the acinar airways. Herein, we discuss our recent expansion of this theory, which relates the anisotropy of the MRI diffusion signal to the geometrical parameters of the acinar airways. We demonstrate the utility of this model in human studies and compare the measured airway radii with prior ex vivo experiments.

  17. A new in-situ method to determine the apparent gas diffusion coefficient of soils

    Laemmel, Thomas; Paulus, Sinikka; Schack-Kirchner, Helmer; Maier, Martin

    2015-04-01

    Soil aeration is an important factor for the biological activity in the soil and soil respiration. Generally, gas exchange between soil and atmosphere is assumed to be governed by diffusion and Fick's Law is used to describe the fluxes in the soil. The "apparent soil gas diffusion coefficient" represents the proportional factor between the flux and the gas concentration gradient in the soil and reflects the ability of the soil to "transport passively" gases through the soil. One common way to determine this coefficient is to take core samples in the field and determine it in the lab. Unfortunately this method is destructive and needs laborious field work and can only reflect a small fraction of the whole soil. As a consequence insecurity about the resulting effective diffusivity on the profile scale must remain. We developed a new in-situ method using new gas sampling device, tracer gas and inverse soil gas modelling. The gas sampling device contains several sampling depths and can be easily installed into vertical holes of an auger, which allows for fast installation of the system. At the lower end of the device inert tracer gas is injected continuously. The tracer gas diffuses into the surrounding soil. The resulting distribution of the tracer gas concentrations is used to deduce the diffusivity profile of the soil. For Finite Element Modeling of the gas sampling device/soil system the program COMSOL is used. We will present the results of a field campaign comparing the new in-situ method with lab measurements on soil cores. The new sampling pole has several interesting advantages: it can be used in-situ and over a long time; so it allows following modifications of diffusion coefficients in interaction with rain but also vegetation cycle and wind.

  18. Apparent diffusion coefficient parametric response mapping MRI for follow-up of glioblastoma

    Yoon, Ra Gyoung [Catholic Kwandong University International St. Mary' s Hospital, Catholic Kwandong University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seo-gu, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ho Sung; Hong, Gil Sun; Kim, Sang Joon [Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Songpa-Gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dae Yoon [Bundang Jesaeng Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    To determine the diagnostic superiority of parametric response mapping of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADCPR) for predicting glioblastoma treatment response, compared to single time point measurement. Fifty post-treatment glioblastoma patients were enrolled. ADCPR was calculated from serial apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps acquired before and at the time of first detection of an enlarged contrast-enhancing lesion on voxel-by-voxel basis. The percentage-decrease in ADCPR and tenth percentile histogram cutoff value of ADC (ADC10) were compared at subsequent 3-month and 1-year follow-ups. The percentage-decrease in ADCPR was significantly higher in the progression group (mean = 33.2-38.3 %) than in the stable-response group (mean = 9.7 %) at 3 months follow-up (corrected p < 0.001 for both readers). ADCPR significantly improved area under the receiver operating characteristic curve from 0.67 to 0.88 (corrected p = 0.037) and from 0.70 to 0.92 (corrected p = 0.020) for both readers, respectively, compared to ADC10 at 3-month follow-up, but did not significantly improve at 1-year follow-up. The inter-reader agreement was higher for ADCPR than ADC10 (intraclass correlation coefficient, 0.93 versus 0.86). Voxel-based ADCPR appears to be a superior imaging biomarker than ADC, particularly for predicting early tumour progression in patients with glioblastoma. (orig.)

  19. Apparent diffusion coefficient parametric response mapping MRI for follow-up of glioblastoma

    To determine the diagnostic superiority of parametric response mapping of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADCPR) for predicting glioblastoma treatment response, compared to single time point measurement. Fifty post-treatment glioblastoma patients were enrolled. ADCPR was calculated from serial apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps acquired before and at the time of first detection of an enlarged contrast-enhancing lesion on voxel-by-voxel basis. The percentage-decrease in ADCPR and tenth percentile histogram cutoff value of ADC (ADC10) were compared at subsequent 3-month and 1-year follow-ups. The percentage-decrease in ADCPR was significantly higher in the progression group (mean = 33.2-38.3 %) than in the stable-response group (mean = 9.7 %) at 3 months follow-up (corrected p < 0.001 for both readers). ADCPR significantly improved area under the receiver operating characteristic curve from 0.67 to 0.88 (corrected p = 0.037) and from 0.70 to 0.92 (corrected p = 0.020) for both readers, respectively, compared to ADC10 at 3-month follow-up, but did not significantly improve at 1-year follow-up. The inter-reader agreement was higher for ADCPR than ADC10 (intraclass correlation coefficient, 0.93 versus 0.86). Voxel-based ADCPR appears to be a superior imaging biomarker than ADC, particularly for predicting early tumour progression in patients with glioblastoma. (orig.)

  20. Correlation between 3 T apparent diffusion coefficient values and grading of invasive breast carcinoma

    Highlights: • Apparent diffusion coefficient is a quantitative parameter which reflects molecular water movement. • Grading is an independent prognostic factor which correlates with other histopathological features. • Apparent diffusion coefficient values were significantly different between G1 and G3 classes. - Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) provided by 3.0 T (3 T) magnetic resonance diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) varied according to the grading of invasive breast carcinoma. Materials and methods: A total of 92 patients with 96 invasive breast cancer lesions were enrolled; all had undergone 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for local staging. All lesions were confirmed by histological analysis, and tumor grade was established according to the Nottingham Grading System (NGS). MRI included both dynamic contrast-enhanced and DWI sequences, and ADC value was calculated for each lesion. ADC values were compared with NGS classification using the Mann–Whitney U and the Kruskal–Wallis H tests. Grading was considered as a comprehensive prognostic factor, and Rho Spearman test was performed to determine correlation between grading and tumor size, hormonal receptor status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index. Pearson's Chi square test was carried out to compare grading with the other prognostic factors. Results: ADC values were significantly higher in G1 than in G3 tumors. No significant difference was observed when G1 and G3 were compared with G2. Tumor size, hormonal receptor status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index correlated significantly with grading but there was a significant difference only between G1 and G3 related to the ER and PR status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index. There was no statistically significant difference in lesion size between the two groups. Conclusion: ADC values obtained on 3 T DWI correlated with low-grade (G1) and high-grade (G3) invasive breast carcinoma. 3

  1. Correlation between 3 T apparent diffusion coefficient values and grading of invasive breast carcinoma

    Cipolla, Valentina, E-mail: valentina.cipolla@yahoo.it [Department of Radiological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy); Santucci, Domiziana; Guerrieri, Daniele; Drudi, Francesco Maria [Department of Radiological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy); Meggiorini, Maria Letizia [Department of Gynaecological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy); Felice, Carlo de [Department of Radiological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Apparent diffusion coefficient is a quantitative parameter which reflects molecular water movement. • Grading is an independent prognostic factor which correlates with other histopathological features. • Apparent diffusion coefficient values were significantly different between G1 and G3 classes. - Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) provided by 3.0 T (3 T) magnetic resonance diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) varied according to the grading of invasive breast carcinoma. Materials and methods: A total of 92 patients with 96 invasive breast cancer lesions were enrolled; all had undergone 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for local staging. All lesions were confirmed by histological analysis, and tumor grade was established according to the Nottingham Grading System (NGS). MRI included both dynamic contrast-enhanced and DWI sequences, and ADC value was calculated for each lesion. ADC values were compared with NGS classification using the Mann–Whitney U and the Kruskal–Wallis H tests. Grading was considered as a comprehensive prognostic factor, and Rho Spearman test was performed to determine correlation between grading and tumor size, hormonal receptor status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index. Pearson's Chi square test was carried out to compare grading with the other prognostic factors. Results: ADC values were significantly higher in G1 than in G3 tumors. No significant difference was observed when G1 and G3 were compared with G2. Tumor size, hormonal receptor status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index correlated significantly with grading but there was a significant difference only between G1 and G3 related to the ER and PR status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index. There was no statistically significant difference in lesion size between the two groups. Conclusion: ADC values obtained on 3 T DWI correlated with low-grade (G1) and high-grade (G3) invasive breast carcinoma. 3

  2. The Panofsky ratio in 3He

    The branching ratios have been measured for γ-ray channels produced by π- stopping in liquid 3He. The results for the Panofsky ratio are P3 = ω(π-3He → π0t)/ω(π-3He → γt) = 2.83±0.07, and for the ratio of the radiative breakup channels, B3 = ω(π-3He → γnd+γnnp)/ω(π-3He → γt) = 1.35±0.11. (orig.)

  3. The application of diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficients mapping in monitoring the development of cerebral infarction

    Objective: To study the roles of isotropic diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC) mapping in diagnosing cerebral infarction, monitoring the development of cerebral infarction and defining the infarction stages. Methods: 86 work-ups in 70 patients with cerebral infarction (8 hyperacute, 13 acute, 32 subacute, 11 steady, and 22 chronic) were imaged with both conventional MRI and single-shot echo-planar isotropic diffusion weighted imaging. The change of the infarct lesion in DWI and T2WI was also analyzed. The average ADC, relative ADC (rADC), and the ADC from center to periphery of the lesion were calculated. Results: 8 hyperacute cerebral ischemic regions were revealed at DWI and ADC mapping. Hyperacute and acute infarcts appeared as areas of hyperintensity on DWI, and their average ADC was significantly depressed compared with that of homologous contralateral tissue [(0.698±0.104) x 10-3 mm2/s versus (0.990±0.161) x 10-3 mm2/s; t=-14.372, P2WI, ADC values can differentiate different stages of infarction and may portend the time when stroke may be treated more effectively and with individually tailored therapy, and may be used to define the core and penumbra of ischemic lesions, and to evaluate the efficacy of treatments by dynamic observation

  4. Apparent diffusion coefficient and fractional anisotropy of newly diagnosed grade II gliomas.

    Khayal, Inas S; McKnight, Tracy R; McGue, Colleen; Vandenberg, Scott; Lamborn, Kathleen R; Chang, Susan M; Cha, Soonmee; Nelson, Sarah J

    2009-05-01

    Distinguishing between low-grade oligodendrogliomas (ODs) and astrocytomas (AC) is of interest for defining prognosis and stratifying patients to specific treatment regimens. The purpose of this study was to determine if the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and fractional anisotropy (FA) from diffusion imaging can help to differentiate between newly diagnosed grade II OD and AC subtypes and to evaluate the ADC and FA values for the mixed population of oligoastrocytomas (OA). Fifty-three patients with newly diagnosed grade II gliomas were studied using a 1.5T whole body scanner (23 ODs, 16 ACs, and 14 OAs). The imaging protocol included post-gadolinium T1-weighted images, T2-weighted images, and either three and/or six directional diffusion imaging sequence with b = 1000 s/mm(2). Diffusion-weighted images were analyzed using in-house software to calculate maps of ADC and for six directional acquisitions, FA. The intensity values were normalized by values from normal appearing white matter (NAWM) to generate maps of normalized apparent diffusion coefficient (nADC) and normalized fractional anisotropy (nFA). The hyperintense region in the T2 weighted image was defined as the T2All region. A Mann-Whitney rank-sum test was performed on the 25th, median, and 75th nADC and nFA among the three subtypes. Logistic regression was performed to determine how well the nADC and nFA predict subtype. Lesions diagnosed as being OD had significantly lower nADC and significantly higher nFA, compared to AC. The nADC and nFA values individually classified the data with an accuracy of 87%. Combining the two did not enhance the classification. The patients with OA had nADC and nFA values between those of OD and AC. This suggests that ADC and FA may be helpful in directing tissue sampling to the most appropriate regions for taking biopsies in order to make a definitive diagnosis. PMID:19125391

  5. Apparent diffusion coefficient and fractional anisotropy of newly diagnosed grade II gliomas†

    Khayal, Inas S.; McKnight, Tracy R.; McGue, Colleen; Vandenberg, Scott; Lamborn, Kathleen R.; Chang, Susan M.; Cha, Soonmee; Nelson, Sarah J.

    2013-01-01

    Distinguishing between low-grade oligodendrogliomas (ODs) and astrocytomas (AC) is of interest for defining prognosis and stratifying patients to specific treatment regimens. The purpose of this study was to determine if the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and fractional anisotropy (FA) from diffusion imaging can help to differentiate between newly diagnosed grade II OD and AC subtypes and to evaluate the ADC and FA values for the mixed population of oligoastrocytomas (OA). Fifty-three patients with newly diagnosed grade II gliomas were studied using a 1.5T whole body scanner (23 ODs, 16 ACs, and 14 OAs). The imaging protocol included post-gadolinium T1-weighted images, T2-weighted images, and either three and/or six directional diffusion imaging sequence with b = 1000 s/mm2. Diffusion-weighted images were analyzed using in-house software to calculate maps of ADC and for six directional acquisitions, FA. The intensity values were normalized by values from normal appearing white matter (NAWM) to generate maps of normalized apparent diffusion coefficient (nADC) and normalized fractional anisotropy (nFA). The hyperintense region in the T2 weighted image was defined as the T2All region. A Mann–Whitney rank-sum test was performed on the 25th, median, and 75th nADC and nFA among the three subtypes. Logistic regression was performed to determine how well the nADC and nFA predict subtype. Lesions diagnosed as being OD had significantly lower nADC and significantly higher nFA, compared to AC. The nADC and nFA values individually classified the data with an accuracy of 87%. Combining the two did not enhance the classification. The patients with OA had nADC and nFA values between those of OD and AC. This suggests that ADC and FA may be helpful in directing tissue sampling to the most appropriate regions for taking biopsies in order to make a definitive diagnosis. PMID:19125391

  6. The apparent diffusion coefficient does not reflect cytotoxic edema on the uninjured side after traumatic brain injury

    Hong Lu; Xiaoyan Lei

    2014-01-01

    After traumatic brain injury, vasogenic and cytotoxic edema appear sequentially on the in-volved side. Neuroimaging investigations of edema on the injured side have employed apparent diffusion coefficient measurements in diffusion tensor imaging. We investigated the changes occurring on the injured and uninjured sides using diffusion tensor imaging/apparent diffusion coefficient and histological samples in rats. We found that, on the injured side, that vasogen-ic edema appeared at 1 hour and intracellular edema appeared at 3 hours. Mixed edema was observed at 6 hours, worsening until 12-24 hours post-injury. Simultaneously, microglial cells proliferated at the trauma site. Apparent diffusion coefficient values increased at 1 hour, decreased at 6 hours, and increased at 12 hours. The uninjured side showed no significant pathological change at 1 hour after injury. Cytotoxic edema appeared at 3 hours, and vasogen-ic edema was visible at 6 hours. Cytotoxic edema persisted, but vasogenic edema tended to decrease after 12-24 hours. Despite this complex edema pattern on the uninjured side with associated pathologic changes, no significant change in apparent diffusion coefficient values was detected over the first 24 hours. Apparent diffusion coefficient values accurately detected the changes on the injured side, but did not detect the changes on the uninjured side, giving a false-negative result.

  7. Impact of Hygrothermal and Loading Conditions on Apparent Diffusivity of GFRP Composites

    Sushma SINGH

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP has been used as an alternative to steel in concrete due to high strength-to-weight ratio, high stiffness-to-weight ratio, and corrosion and fatigue resistance. The main environmental factors for the deterioration of GFRP sandwich composites are temperature, sunshine, water/moisture, alkalinity and load. Most of the early durability tests were carried out with reference to application of FRP (Fibre Reinforced Polymer in aerospace industries. Hygrothermal behaviour of preloaded sandwich structure immersed in water is examined herein. Moisture uptake was monitored for 50 days yielding percentage weight gain curves for samples of matrix (epoxy and sandwich structure with different core thickness. The apparent diffusivity values extracted from the weight gain are significantly greater for initial days for greater core thickness sandwich structures.

  8. Apparent diffusion coefficient ratio correlates significantly with prostate cancer gleason score at final pathology

    Boesen, Lars; Chabanova, Elizaveta; Løgager, Vibeke; Balslev, Ingegerd; Thomsen, Henrik S

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the correlation between apparent diffusion coefficient measurements (ADCtumor and ADCratio ) and the Gleason score from radical prostatectomy specimens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-one patients with clinically localized prostate cancer scheduled for radical prostatectomy...... correlated with the Gleason score from the prostatectomy specimens. RESULTS: The association between ADC measurements and Gleason score showed a significant negative correlation (P < 0.001) with Spearman's rho for ADCtumor (-0.421) and ADCratio (-0.649). There was a statistically significant difference...... ) and 0.90 (ADCratio ) when discriminating Gleason score ≤7(3+4) from Gleason score ≥7(4+3). CONCLUSION: ADC measurements showed a significant correlation with tumor Gleason score at final pathology. The ADCratio demonstrated the best correlation compared to the ADCtumor value and radically improved...

  9. The effect of age on apparent diffusion coefficient values in normal spleen: A preliminary study

    Aim: To investigate and characterize the effect of age on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in normal spleen. Materials and methods: A population of 127 patients (age range 10–79 years, mean age 44.4 years) without magnetic resonance imaging findings in abdominal scans, was selected over a 5-year period. The ADC values of the spleen were analysed in all ages, and dependency of ADC values on age was characterized using Spearman's correlation coefficient test. Results: A reduction of ADC values with ageing was found in the spleen (r = −0.702, p < 0.001). Conclusions: The ADC values of the spleen decline with age. This should be taken into consideration when disease is diagnosed

  10. Apparent diffusion coefficient histogram analysis of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

    Cauley, Keith A. [University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Radiology, Worcester, MA (United States); New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States); Filippi, Christopher G. [New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States)

    2014-06-15

    Diffusion-weighted imaging is a valuable tool in the assessment of the neonatal brain, and changes in diffusion are seen in normal development as well as in pathological states such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Various methods of quantitative assessment of diffusion values have been reported. Global ischemic injury occurring during the time of rapid developmental changes in brain myelination can complicate the imaging diagnosis of neonatal HIE. To compare a quantitative method of histographic analysis of brain apparent coefficient (ADC) maps to the qualitative interpretation of routine brain MR imaging studies. We correlate changes in diffusion values with gestational age in radiographically normal neonates, and we investigate the sensitivity of the method as a quantitative measure of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. We reviewed all brain MRI studies from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at our university medical center over a 4-year period to identify cases that were radiographically normal (23 cases) and those with diffuse, global hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (12 cases). We histographically displayed ADC values of a single brain slice at the level of the basal ganglia and correlated peak (s-sD{sub av}) and lowest histogram values (s-sD{sub lowest}) with gestational age. Normative s-sD{sub av} values correlated significantly with gestational age and declined linearly through the neonatal period (r {sup 2} = 0.477, P < 0.01). Six of 12 cases of known HIE demonstrated significantly lower s-sD{sub av} and s-sD{sub lowest} ADC values than were reflected in the normative distribution; several cases of HIE fell within a 95% confidence interval for normative studies, and one case demonstrated higher-than-normal s-sD{sub av}. Single-slice histographic display of ADC values is a rapid and clinically feasible method of quantitative analysis of diffusion. In this study normative values derived from consecutive neonates without radiographic evidence of

  11. Minimal mass-size of a stable 3He cluster

    Guardiola Barcena, Rafael; Navarro Faus, Jesús

    2004-01-01

    The minimal number of 3He atoms required to form a bound cluster has been estimated by means of a Diffusion Monte Carlo procedure within the fixed-node approximation. Several importance sampling wave functions have been employed in order to consider different shell-model configurations. The resulting upper bound for the minimal number is 32 atoms.

  12. LUNG DIFFUSION CAPACITY CAN PREDICT MAXIMAL EXERCISE IN APPARENTLY HEALTHY HEAVY SMOKERS

    Alfredo Chetta

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Chronic exposure to tobacco smoking may damage lung and heart function. The aim of this study was to assess maximal exercise capacity and its relationship with lung function in apparently healthy smokers. We recruited 15 heavy smokers (age 47 years ± 7, BMI 25 kg/m2 ± 3, pack/years 32 ± 9 without any cardiovascular or pulmonary signs and symptoms. Fifteen healthy non smoking subjects were enrolled as a control group. All subjects underwent pulmonary function tests, electrocardiograms at rest and graded cycle exercise tests. In smokers and controls, resting lung and cardiac function parameters were in the normal range, apart from diffusing lung capacity (TLCO values which were significantly lower in smokers (p < 0.05. As compared to controls, smokers presented lower maximal exercise capacity with lower values at peak of exercise of oxygen uptake (peak VO2, workload, oxygen uptake/watt ratio and oxygen pulse (p < 0.05 and higher dyspnoea perception (p < 0.05. Moreover, peak VO2, maximal workload and oxygen pulse at peak exercise were related to and predicted by TLCO (p < 0. 05. Our study confirms that maximal exercise capacity is reduced in apparently healthy heavy smokers, and shows that TLCO explains some of the variance in maximal exercise

  13. Early Changes in Apparent Diffusion Coefficient From Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging During Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer

    Purpose: To investigate the feasibility of diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) as an early and reproducible change indicator in patients receiving radiotherapy for prostate cancer (PC). Methods and Materials: Eight consecutive patients with biopsy-proven PC underwent DWI at 3T. All patients who received external-beam radiotherapy had four serial MR scans, as follows: before therapy (PreTx); after 1 week of therapy (PostT1); after 3 weeks of therapy (PostT2); and 1 month after the completion of therapy (PostT3). At each time, the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) was measured in tumors and normal tissues. For reproducibility of the ADC measurement, five patients also had two separate pretreatment DWI scans at an interval of −3 mm2/s in sequence, respectively. Compared with PreTx, PostT1 (p = 0.005), PostT2 (p = 0.003), and PostT3 (p −3 mm2/s in sequence, respectively. Reproducibility of ADC measurements was confirmed with a mean difference in ADC of –0.04 in peripheral zone and –0.017 in transition zone between two separate pretreatment MR scans. The mean PSA levels from PreTx to PostT3 were 9.05, 9.18, 9.25, and 4.11 ng/mL in sequence, respectively. Conclusions: DWI, as a reproducible biomarker, has the potential to evaluate the early therapeutic changes of PC to radiotherapy.

  14. Diffusion-weighted MRI of the normal adult pancreas: The effect of age on apparent diffusion coefficient values

    Aim: To investigate and characterize the effect of age on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in the normal adult pancreas using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI). Materials and methods: Five hundred and fifty-nine adult patients without pancreatic disease, ranging from 20–81 years of age (mean 50.9 years; 436 men, 123 women), were included in this study. Breath-hold single-shot echo-planar DWI (b-values = 0, 500 s/mm2) was employed to determine the ADCs across all patients. Dependency of ADCs on age was characterized using a Spearman rank-order correlation test. Results: Across the age spectrum, there was no significant correlation between ADC and age (p = 0.409). Conclusion: The findings of the present study suggest that the effect of age on ADCs can be excluded from the diagnosis of pancreatic diseases and design of future studies using breath-hold single-shot DWI and ADCs (as calculated with b-values of 0 and 500 s/mm2)

  15. The use of MRI apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC in monitoring the development of brain infarction

    Yuan Jian-Jun

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To study the rules that apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC changes with time and space in cerebral infarction, and to provide the evidence in defining the infarction stages. Methods 117 work-ups in 98 patients with cerebral infarction (12 hyperacute, 43 acute, 29 subacute, 10 steady, and 23 chronic infarctions were imaged with both conventional MRI and diffusion weighted imaging. The average ADC values, the relative ADC (rADC values, and the ADC values or rADC values from the center to the periphery of the lesion were calculated. Results The average ADC values and the rADC values of hyperacute and acute infarction lesion depressed obviously. rADC values in hyperacute and acute stage was minimized, and increased progressively as time passed and appeared as "pseudonormal" values in approximately 8 to 14 days. Thereafter, rADC values became greater than normal in chronic stage. There was positive correlation between rADC values and time (P Conclusion The ADC values of infarction lesions have evolution rules with time and space. The evolution rules with time and those in space can be helpful to decide the clinical stage, and to provide the evidence in guiding the treatment or judging the prognosis in infarction.

  16. Apparent diffusion coefficient in cervical cancer of the uterus: comparison with the normal uterine cervix

    Naganawa, Shinji; Sato, Chiho; Ishigaki, Takeo [Nagoya University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Nagoya (Japan); Kumada, Hisashi; Miura, Shunichi [Toyohashi Municipal hospital, Department of Radiology, Toyohashi, Aich (Japan); Takizawa, Osamu [Siemens-Asahi Medical Technologies Ltd, Tokyo (Japan)

    2005-01-01

    A relation between apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values and tumor cellular density has been reported. The purpose of this study was to measure the ADC values of cervical cancers in the uterus and compare them with those of normal cervical tissues, and to test whether ADC could differentiate between normal and malignant cervical tissues in the uterus. Twelve consecutive female patients with cervical cancer of the uterus and ten female patients with other pelvic abnormalities were included in this study. ADC was measured at 1.5 T with b-factors of 0, 300 and 600 s/mm{sup 2} using single-shot echo-planar diffusion-weighted imaging and a parallel imaging technique. The mean ADC value of cervical cancer lesions was 1.09{+-}0.20 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, and that of normal cervix tissue was 1.79{+-}0.24 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s (P<0.0001). In nine patients treated by chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, the mean ADC value of the cervical cancer lesion increased significantly after therapy (P<0.001). The present study showed, with a small number of patients, that ADC measurement has a potential ability to differentiate between normal and cancerous tissue in the uterine cervix. Further study is necessary to determine the accuracy of ADC measurement in monitoring the treatment response. (orig.)

  17. Regional apparent diffusion coefficient values in 3rd trimester fetal brain

    Hoffmann, Chen [Tel Aviv University, Department of Radiology, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer (affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine), Tel Aviv (Israel); Sheba Medical Center, Diagnostic Imaging, 52621, Tel Hashomer (Israel); Weisz, Boaz; Lipitz, Shlomo; Katorza, Eldad [Tel Aviv University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer (affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine), Tel Aviv (Israel); Yaniv, Gal; Bergman, Dafi [Tel Aviv University, Department of Radiology, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer (affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine), Tel Aviv (Israel); Biegon, Anat [Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Stony Brook, NY (United States)

    2014-07-15

    Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in the developing fetus can be used in the diagnosis and prognosis of prenatal brain pathologies. To this end, we measured regional ADC in a relatively large cohort of normal fetal brains in utero. Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) was performed in 48 non-sedated 3rd trimester fetuses with normal structural MR imaging results. ADC was measured in white matter (frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes), basal ganglia, thalamus, pons, and cerebellum. Regional ADC values were compared by one-way ANOVA with gestational age as covariate. Regression analysis was used to examine gestational age-related changes in regional ADC. Four other cases of CMV infection were also examined. Median gestational age was 32 weeks (range, 26-33 weeks). There was a highly significant effect of region on ADC, whereby ADC values were highest in white matter, with significantly lower values in basal ganglia and cerebellum and the lowest values in thalamus and pons. ADC did not significantly change with gestational age in any of the regions tested. In the four cases with fetal CMV infection, ADC value was associated with a global decrease. ADC values in normal fetal brain are relatively stable during the third trimester, show consistent regional variation, and can make an important contribution to the early diagnosis and possibly prognosis of fetal brain pathologies. (orig.)

  18. Diagnostic value of apparent diffusion coefficient for the accurate assessment and differentiation of intracranial meningiomas

    Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) along with the calculation of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), is a novel, non-invasive, and reliable technique of choice for accurate assessment and for the treatment planning of different types of brain tumors. It is more advantageous in the distinction and differentiation of benign from malignant meningiomas on the basis of ADC values. To investigate the utility of DW magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and to compare the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) obtained at two b-values for an authentic and preoperative characterization of meningiomas. Twenty-six patients with clinically diagnosed or histologically verified meningioma (18 benign and 8 malignant) underwent imaging including DWI at 1.5 T. DW images were obtained at b = 1000 s/mm2 and b = 2000 s/mm2, ADC maps were generated at both the b-values. Signal intensities (SIs) and ADCs for solid tumorous tissues, contralateral normal tissues, and peritumoral edema were calculated and normalized ADC (NADC) ratio were determined for tumorous tissues. SI scores, ADC maps, and ADC values were analyzed visually and quantitatively, and were compared at both the b-values. DW images at b = 2000 s/mm2 were more conspicuity (either hyperintense or hypointense) with improved contrast. The mean ADC of malignant meningiomas (0.64 ± 0.05 and 0.42 ± 0.03) was significantly lower (P < 0.05) as compared with benign meningiomas (1.04 ± 0.12 and 0.80 ± 0.07) at both the b-values. Mean NADC ratio in the malignant type was also significantly lower (P < 0.05) than the benign type at both the b-values. Mean ADC values for peritumoral edema do not differ between benign and malignant meningiomas. 1.5-T DWI using high b-values improved our ability to differentiate benign from malignant meningiomas. DWI may play an important role in the preoperative radiological evaluation and the recognition of these types for proper surgical treatment

  19. Diagnostic value of apparent diffusion coefficients to differentiate benign from malignant vertebral bone marrow lesions

    Balliu, E. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, IDI Girona, Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr Josep Trueta, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: eballiu@gmail.com; Vilanova, J.C. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, Clinica Girona, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: Kvilanova@comg.es; Pelaez, I. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, IDI Girona, Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr Josep Trueta, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: isapelaezrx@yahoo.es; Puig, J. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, IDI Girona, Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr Josep Trueta, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: jpuigalcantara@yahoo.es; Remollo, S. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, IDI Girona, Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr Josep Trueta, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: sremollo@gmail.com; Barcelo, C. [Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, University of Girona (Spain)], E-mail: carles.barcelo@udg.es; Barcelo, J. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, Clinica Girona, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: rmgirona@comg.es; Pedraza, S. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, IDI Girona, Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr Josep Trueta, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: sapedraza@gmail.com

    2009-03-15

    Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the value of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) obtained in diffusion-weighted (DW) MR sequences for the differentiation between malignant and benign bone marrow lesions. Method: Forty-five patients with altered signal intensity vertebral bodies on conventional MR sequences were included. The cause of altered signal intensity was benign osteoporotic collapse in 16, acute neoplastic infiltration in 15, and infectious processes in 14; based on plain-film, CT, bone scintigraphy, conventional MR studies, biopsy or follow-up. All patients underwent isotropic DW MR images (multi-shot EPI, b values of 0 and 500 s/mm{sup 2}). Signal intensity at DW MR images was evaluated and ADC values were calculated and compared between malignancy, benign edema and infectious spondylitis. Results: Acute malignant fractures were hyperintense compared to normal vertebral bodies on the diffusion-weighted sequence, except in one patient with sclerotic metastases. Mean ADC value from benign edema (1.9 {+-} 0.39 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s) was significantly (p < 0.0001) higher than untreated metastasic lesions (0.9 {+-} 1.3 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s). Mean ADC value of infectious spondilytis (0.96 {+-} 0.49 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s) was not statistically (p > 0.05) different from untreated metastasic lesions. ADC value was low (0.75 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s) in one case of subacute benign fracture. Conclusions: ADC values are a useful complementary tool to characterize bone marrow lesions, in order to distinguish acute benign fractures from malignant or infectious bone lesions. However, ADC values are not valuable in order to differentiate malignancy from infection.

  20. Brachial and lumbar plexuses in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy: MRI assessment including apparent diffusion coefficient

    Adachi, Yuko; Sato, Noriko; Yamashita, Fumio; Kida, Jiro; Takahashi, Tomoyuki [National Center Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Radiology, Kodaira, Tokyo (Japan); Okamoto, Tomoko [National Center Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Neurology, Kodaira, Tokyo (Japan); Sasaki, Masayuki; Komaki, Hirofumi [National Center Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Child Neurology, Kodaira, Tokyo (Japan); Matsuda, Hiroshi [Saitama Medial University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Iruma-gun, Saitama (Japan)

    2011-01-15

    Our purpose was to clarify the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging characteristics of the brachial and lumbar plexuses in patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) using various kinds of sequences, including diffusion-weighted images (DWI). We evaluated the MR imaging findings for lumbar and/or brachial nerve plexuses in 13 CIDP patients and 11 normal volunteers. The nerve swelling was evaluated in comparison with normal controls by coronal short tau inversion recovery (STIR), and signal abnormalities were evaluated by coronal STIR, T1-weighted images, and DWIs. The degrees of contrast enhancement and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of the plexus were also assessed. In the patient group, diffuse enlargement and abnormally high signals were detected in 16 out of 24 plexuses (66.7%) on STIR, a slightly high signal was detected in 12 of 24 plexuses (50%) on T1-weighted images, and a high-intensity signal was detected in 10 of 18 plexuses (55.6%) on DWIs with high ADC values. Contrast enhancement of the plexuses was revealed in 6 of 19 plexuses (31.6%) and was mild in all cases. There were statistically significant differences between the ADC values of patients with either swelling or abnormal signals and those of both normal volunteers and patients without neither swelling nor abnormal signals. There were no relationships between MR imaging and any clinical findings. STIR is sufficient to assist clinicians in diagnosing CIDP. T1-weighted images and DWIs seemed useful for speculating about the pathological changes in swollen plexuses in CIDP patients. (orig.)

  1. Apparent diffusion coefficient values of normal testis and variations with age

    Athina C Tsili

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The usefulness of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI in the evaluation of scrotal pathology has recently been reported. A standard reference of normal testicular apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC values and their variations with age is necessary when interpreting normal testicular anatomy and pathology. We evaluated 147 normal testes using DWI, including 71 testes from 53 men aged 20-39 years (group 1, 67 testes from 42 men aged 40-69 years (group 2 and nine testes from six men older than 70 years (group 3. DWI was performed along the axial plane, using a single shot, multislice spin-echo planar diffusion pulse sequence and b-values of 0 and 900 s mm−2 . The mean and standard deviation of the ADC values of normal testicular parenchyma were calculated for each age group separately. Analysis of variance (ANOVA followed by post hoc analysis (Dunnett T3 was used for statistical purposes. The ADC values (× 10−3 mm 2 s−1 of normal testicular tissue were different among age groups (group 1: 1.08 ± 0.13; group 2: 1.15 ± 0.15 and group 3: 1.31 ± 0.22. ANOVA revealed differences in mean ADC among age groups (F = 11.391, P < 0.001. Post hoc analysis showed differences between groups 1 and 2 (P = 0.008 and between groups 1 and 3 (P = 0.043, but not between groups 2 and 3 (P = 0.197. Our findings suggest that ADC values of normal testicular tissue increase with advancing age.

  2. Relationship of apparent diffusion coefficient to survival for patients with unresectable primary hepatocellular carcinoma after chemoembolization

    Objectives: to evaluate the prognostic value of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values from MR diffusion-weighted imaging of unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma after chemoembolization. Methods: our study was proved by our institute and informed consent was obtained from all patients before commencement of the study. Twenty-three patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma were scanned immediately before and after chemoembolization within 24 h using conventional anatomical MR imaging and diffusion-weighted imaging, from which ADC values in the lesions were measured. The changes in ADC values after chemoembolization were calculated. The relationship between the lesion ADC and the survival time was analyzed by correlation analysis. The overall cumulative survival was analyzed by the Kaplan–Meier method, and survival curves were compared by the log-rank test. Results: the mean overall survival period was (25.0 ± 8.7) months. The pre-chemoembolization lesion ADC value was (1.36 ± 0.249) ×10−3 mm2/s; the change in ADC values post-chemoembolization was (0.377 ± 0.332) ×10−3 mm2/s. There were significant linear regression relation between the survival time and pre-chemoembolization lesion ADC values (r = −0.698, P 2 = 7.339, P = 0.007) or the changes in ADC value post-chemoembolization (χ2 = 9.820, P = 0.002) significantly influenced the overall cumulative survival. Conclusion: Pre-treatment ADC values as well as changes in ADC values after treatment may provide useful information for predicting survival for patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma.

  3. Serial analysis of the apparent diffusion coefficient time course in human stroke

    Acute cerebral ischemic injury can be rapidly detected on diffusion-weighted images. The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) depends on the stage of cytotoxic edema and water content in the infarcted parenchyma. The purpose of this study is to determine the time course of ADC during the first days of ischemic stroke. These data should make it possible to distinguish between multiple stroke and a single progressive infarction. Eight patients with clinically diagnosed acute cerebral ischemia were examined by diffusion-weighted MRI from 2 to 20 h after onset of symptoms. Daily control scans were performed for up to 10 days. ADC values were analyzed from 55 MRI studies. Furthermore, ADC was measured in the tissue which showed a hyperintense signal at the first examination and in the contralateral tissue. White and gray matter were analyzed separately. Data were expressed as the ratio ADC (rADC) of lesion to control region of interest. All patients showed a uniform reduction in rADC from the first hours of stroke and decreasing to the 3rd day. The rADC increased again from the 4th day up to the point of pseudo-normalization on day 9. The gray matter showed a slightly faster increase than the white matter. rADC shows significant changes in the first days after stroke, following a rather uniform time course. Together with T2-weighted MRI this makes it possible to differentiate between hyperacute, acute, and chronic stroke. Furthermore, the age of an ischemia can be determined and multiple strokes can be distinguished from a single progressive stroke. (orig.)

  4. Apparent diffusion coefficient evaluation for secondary changes in the cerebellum of rats after middle cerebral artery occlusion.

    Yang, Yunjun; Gao, Lingyun; Fu, Jun; Zhang, Jun; Li, Yuxin; Yin, Bo; Chen, Weijian; Geng, Daoying

    2013-11-01

    Supratentorial cerebral infarction can cause functional inhibition of remote regions such as the cerebellum, which may be relevant to diaschisis. This phenomenon is often analyzed using positron emission tomography and single photon emission CT. However, these methods are expensive and radioactive. Thus, the present study quantified the changes of infarction core and remote regions after unilateral middle cerebral artery occlusion using apparent diffusion coefficient values. Diffusion-weighted imaging showed that the area of infarction core gradually increased to involve the cerebral cortex with increasing infarction time. Diffusion weighted imaging signals were initially increased and then stabilized by 24 hours. With increasing infarction time, the apparent diffusion coefficient value in the infarction core and remote bilateral cerebellum both gradually decreased, and then slightly increased 3-24 hours after infarction. Apparent diffusion coefficient values at remote regions (cerebellum) varied along with the change of supratentorial infarction core, suggesting that the phenomenon of diaschisis existed at the remote regions. Thus, apparent diffusion coefficient values and diffusion weighted imaging can be used to detect early diaschisis. PMID:25206615

  5. Transport properties of spin polarized 3He-4He mixtures

    We have calculated the viscosity, thermal conductivity, and longitudinal spin diffusion coefficient in 3He-4He mixtures which are spin polarized. The calculation applies to all temperature regimes. We have also calculated the Onsager cross coefficient which arises because of the coupling between heat and longitudinal spin currents. The interaction between 3He quasiparticles is taken to be a constant as a first approximation. We have also investigated the changes brought about by allowing the interaction to vary with the momentum of the quasiparticle

  6. Effects of MR parameter changes on the quantification of diffusion anisotropy and apparent diffusion coefficient in diffusion tensor imaging: Evaluation using a diffusional anisotropic phantom

    Kim, Sang Joon; Choi, Choong Gon; Kim, Jeong Kon [Dept. of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yun, Sung Cheol [Dept. of Biostatistics, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Ha Kyu [Dept. of Radiology, East-West Neomedical Center, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Eun Ju [Clinical Scientist, MR, Philips Healthcare, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    To validate the usefulness of a diffusional anisotropic capillary array phantom and to investigate the effects of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) parameter changes on diffusion fractional anisotropy (FA) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) using the phantom. Diffusion tensor imaging of a capillary array phantom was performed with imaging parameter changes, including voxel size, number of sensitivity encoding (SENSE) factor, echo time (TE), number of signal acquisitions, b-value, and number of diffusion gradient directions (NDGD), one-at-a-time in a stepwise-incremental fashion. We repeated the entire series of DTI scans thrice. The coefficients of variation (CoV) were evaluated for FA and ADC, and the correlation between each MR imaging parameter and the corresponding FA and ADC was evaluated using Spearman's correlation analysis. The capillary array phantom CoVs of FA and ADC were 7.1% and 2.4%, respectively. There were significant correlations between FA and SENSE factor, TE, b-value, and NDGD, as well as significant correlations between ADC and SENSE factor, TE, and b-value. A capillary array phantom enables repeated measurements of FA and ADC. Both FA and ADC can vary when certain parameters are changed during diffusion experiments. We suggest that the capillary array phantom can be used for quality control in longitudinal or multicenter clinical studies.

  7. Effects of MR parameter changes on the quantification of diffusion anisotropy and apparent diffusion coefficient in diffusion tensor imaging: Evaluation using a diffusional anisotropic phantom

    To validate the usefulness of a diffusional anisotropic capillary array phantom and to investigate the effects of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) parameter changes on diffusion fractional anisotropy (FA) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) using the phantom. Diffusion tensor imaging of a capillary array phantom was performed with imaging parameter changes, including voxel size, number of sensitivity encoding (SENSE) factor, echo time (TE), number of signal acquisitions, b-value, and number of diffusion gradient directions (NDGD), one-at-a-time in a stepwise-incremental fashion. We repeated the entire series of DTI scans thrice. The coefficients of variation (CoV) were evaluated for FA and ADC, and the correlation between each MR imaging parameter and the corresponding FA and ADC was evaluated using Spearman's correlation analysis. The capillary array phantom CoVs of FA and ADC were 7.1% and 2.4%, respectively. There were significant correlations between FA and SENSE factor, TE, b-value, and NDGD, as well as significant correlations between ADC and SENSE factor, TE, and b-value. A capillary array phantom enables repeated measurements of FA and ADC. Both FA and ADC can vary when certain parameters are changed during diffusion experiments. We suggest that the capillary array phantom can be used for quality control in longitudinal or multicenter clinical studies.

  8. Hyperpolarised {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Stavngaard, Trine [Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Rigshospitalet (Denmark); Copenhagen University Hospital, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre (Denmark); Soegaard, Lise Vejby; Hanson, Lars G. [Copenhagen University Hospital, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre (Denmark); Mortensen, Jann; Berthelsen, Anne Kiil [Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Rigshospitalet (Denmark); Schmiedeskamp, Joerg [Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Institut fuer Physik, Mainz (Germany); Dirksen, Asger [Gentofte University Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Hellerup (Denmark)

    2005-04-01

    During recent years, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using hyperpolarised (HP) {sup 3}He gas has emerged as a promising new method for the imaging of lung ventilation. However, systematic comparisons with nuclear medicine techniques have not yet been performed. The aim of this study was to compare ventilation imaging methods in 26 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and nine lung healthy volunteers. HP {sup 3}He MRI, {sup 81m}Kr single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pulmonary function tests were performed. The three scans were scored visually as percentage of non-ventilated/diseased lung, and a computer-based objective measure of the ventilated volume in HP {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT and an emphysema index in HRCT were calculated. We found a good correlation between HP {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT for both visual defect score (r=0.80, p<0.0001) and objective estimate of ventilation (r=0.45, p=0.0157). In addition, both scans were well correlated with reference methods for the diagnosis of emphysema (pulmonary function test and HRCT). The defect scores were largest on {sup 81m}Kr SPECT (the score on HP {sup 3}He MRI was one-third less than that on {sup 81m}Kr SPECT), but the difference was reduced after normalisation for different breathing depths (HP {sup 3}He MRI at total lung capacity; {sup 81m}Kr SPECT at tidal breathing at functional residual capacity). HP {sup 3}He MRI provides detailed ventilation distribution images and defect scores are comparable on HP {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT. Additionally, new insights into the regional pulmonary microstructure via the apparent diffusion coefficient measurements are provided by HP {sup 3}He MRI. HP {sup 3}He MRI is a promising new diagnostic tool for the assessment of ventilation distribution. (orig.)

  9. Evaluation of true diffusion, perfusion factor, and apparent diffusion coefficient in non-necrotic liver metastases and uncomplicated liver hemangiomas using black-blood echo planar imaging

    K. Coenegrachts; J. Delanote; L. ter Beek; M. Haspeslagh; S. Bipat; J. Stoker; L. Steyaert; H. Rigauts

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE: To assess the added value of true diffusion (D), perfusion factor (f) and apparent diffusion coefficient at low b-values (ADC(low)) for differentiation between liver metastases and hemangiomas based on respiratory-triggered high-resolution Black-Blood Single-Shot SpinEcho Echo Planar Imagin

  10. Diffusion-weighted imaging of the abdomen at 3.0 Tesla: image quality and apparent diffusion coefficient reproducibility compared with 1.5 Tesla.

    Rosenkrantz, A.B.; Oei, M.T.H.; Babb, J.S.; Niver, B.E.; Taouli, B.

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: To compare single-shot echo-planar imaging (SS EPI) diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) of abdominal organs between 1.5 Tesla (T) and 3.0T in healthy volunteers in terms of image quality, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values, and ADC reproducibility. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eight healthy vol

  11. Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) as a quantitative parameter in diffusion weighted MR imaging in gynecologic cancer: Dependence on b-values used

    Kallehauge, Jesper Folsted; Tanderup, Kari; Haack, Søren;

    2010-01-01

    Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) has gained interest as an imaging modality for assessment of tumor extension and response to cancer treatment. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of the choice of b-values on the calculation of the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) for locally ad...

  12. Apparent diffusion coefficient value of gastric cancer by diffusion-weighted imaging: Correlations with the histological differentiation and Lauren classification

    Liu, Song, E-mail: songliu532909756@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Guan, Wenxian, E-mail: wenxianguan123@126.com [Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Wang, Hao, E-mail: wanghao20140525@126.com [Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Pan, Liang, E-mail: panliang2014@126.com [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Zhou, Zhuping, E-mail: zhupingzhou@126.com [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Yu, Haiping, E-mail: haipingyu2012@126.com [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Liu, Tian, E-mail: tianliu2014@126.com [Radiation Oncology and Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322 (United States); Yang, Xiaofeng, E-mail: xiaofengyang2014@126.com [Radiation Oncology and Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322 (United States); He, Jian, E-mail: hjxueren@126.com [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Zhou, Zhengyang, E-mail: zyzhou@nju.edu.cn [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Gastric cancers’ ADC values were significantly lower than normal gastric wall. • Gastric adenocarcinomas with different differentiation had different ADC values. • Gastric adenocarcinomas’ ADC values correlated with histologic differentiations. • Gastric cancers’ ADC values correlated with Lauren classifications. • Mean ADC value was better than min ADC value in characterizing gastric cancers. - Abstract: Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlations between histological differentiation and Lauren classification of gastric cancer and the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value of diffusion weighted imaging (DWI). Materials and methods: Sixty-nine patients with gastric cancer lesions underwent preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (3.0T) and surgical resection. DWI was obtained with a single-shot, echo-planar imaging sequence in the axial plane (b values: 0 and 1000 s/mm{sup 2}). Mean and minimum ADC values were obtained for each gastric cancer and normal gastric walls by two radiologists, who were blinded to the histological findings. Histological type, degree of differentiation and Lauren classification of each resected specimen were determined by one pathologist. Mean and minimum ADC values of gastric cancers with different histological types, degrees of differentiation and Lauren classifications were compared. Correlations between ADC values and histological differentiation and Lauren classification were analyzed. Results: The mean and minimum ADC values of gastric cancers, as a whole and separately, were significantly lower than those of normal gastric walls (all p values <0.001). There were significant differences in the mean and minimum ADC values among gastric cancers with different histological types, degrees of differentiation and Lauren classifications (p < 0.05). Mean and minimum ADC values correlated significantly (all p < 0.001) with histological differentiation (r = 0.564, 0.578) and

  13. Apparent diffusion coefficient value of gastric cancer by diffusion-weighted imaging: Correlations with the histological differentiation and Lauren classification

    Highlights: • Gastric cancers’ ADC values were significantly lower than normal gastric wall. • Gastric adenocarcinomas with different differentiation had different ADC values. • Gastric adenocarcinomas’ ADC values correlated with histologic differentiations. • Gastric cancers’ ADC values correlated with Lauren classifications. • Mean ADC value was better than min ADC value in characterizing gastric cancers. - Abstract: Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlations between histological differentiation and Lauren classification of gastric cancer and the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value of diffusion weighted imaging (DWI). Materials and methods: Sixty-nine patients with gastric cancer lesions underwent preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (3.0T) and surgical resection. DWI was obtained with a single-shot, echo-planar imaging sequence in the axial plane (b values: 0 and 1000 s/mm2). Mean and minimum ADC values were obtained for each gastric cancer and normal gastric walls by two radiologists, who were blinded to the histological findings. Histological type, degree of differentiation and Lauren classification of each resected specimen were determined by one pathologist. Mean and minimum ADC values of gastric cancers with different histological types, degrees of differentiation and Lauren classifications were compared. Correlations between ADC values and histological differentiation and Lauren classification were analyzed. Results: The mean and minimum ADC values of gastric cancers, as a whole and separately, were significantly lower than those of normal gastric walls (all p values <0.001). There were significant differences in the mean and minimum ADC values among gastric cancers with different histological types, degrees of differentiation and Lauren classifications (p < 0.05). Mean and minimum ADC values correlated significantly (all p < 0.001) with histological differentiation (r = 0.564, 0.578) and Lauren

  14. Role of PROPELLER diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient in the diagnosis of sellar and parasellar lesions

    Mahmoud, Omar M., E-mail: omarmostafa2008@yahoo.co [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Department of Radiology, South Egypt Cancer Institute, Assiut University, Assiut 71515 (Egypt); Tominaga, Atsushi, E-mail: atom@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Amatya, Vishwa Jeet, E-mail: amatya@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Pathology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Ohtaki, Megu, E-mail: ohtaki@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Environmetrics and Biometrics, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Sugiyama, Kazuhiko, E-mail: brain@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Saito, Taiichi, E-mail: taiichi@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Sakoguchi, Tetsuhiko, E-mail: sakog@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Kinoshita, Yasuyuki, E-mail: d055634@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Shrestha, Prabin, E-mail: prabinshrestha@hotmail.co [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Abe, Nobukazu, E-mail: abebe@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Dept. of Clinical Radiology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima Univ., Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan)

    2010-06-15

    Objective: To evaluate the role of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) using periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER) diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) in the differentiation between sellar and parasellar mass lesions. Materials and methods: The study protocol was approved by our institutional review board. We retrospectively studied 60 patients with sellar and parasellar lesions who had undergone PROPELLER DWI on a 3-T MR imager. Conventional MRI findings were expressed as the ratio of signal intensity (SI) in the lesions to the normal white matter and the degree of contrast enhancement. ADC values were calculated as the minimum (ADC-MIN), mean (ADC-MEAN), and maximum (ADC-MAX). All patients underwent surgery and all specimens were examined histologically. Logistic discriminant analysis was performed by using the SI ratios on T1- and T2-weighted images (T1-WI, T2-WI), the degree of enhancement, and absolute ADC values as independent variables. Results: ADC-MIN of hemorrhagic pituitary adenomas was lower than of the other lesions with similar appearance on conventional MRI (non-hemorrhagic pituitary adenomas, craniopharyngiomas, Rathke's cleft cysts; accuracy 100%); the useful cut-off value was 0.700 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s. ADC-MAX of meningiomas was lower than of non-hemorrhagic pituitary adenomas (accuracy 90.3%; p < 0.01). ADC-MIN of craniopharyngiomas was lower than of Rathke's cleft cysts (accuracy 100%; p < 0.05). Conclusion: As PROPELLER DWI is less sensitive to susceptibility artifacts than single-shot echoplanar DWI, it is more useful in the examination of sellar and parasellar lesions. Calculation of the ADC values helps to differentiate between various sellar and parasellar lesions.

  15. Relationships between brain water content and diffusion tensor imaging parameters (apparent diffusion coefficient and fractional anisotropy) in multiple sclerosis

    Fifteen multiple sclerosis patients were examined by diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to determine fractional anisotropy (FA) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in a superventricular volume of interest of 8 x 8 x 2 cm3 containing gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) tissue. Point resolved spectroscopy 2D-chemical shift imaging of the same volume was performed without water suppression. The water contents and DTI parameters in 64 voxels of 2 cm3 were compared. The water content was increased in patients compared with controls (GM: 244±21 vs. 194±10 a.u.; WM: 245±32 vs. 190±11 a.u.), FA decreased (GM: 0.226±0.038 vs. 0.270±0.020; WM: 0.337±0.044 vs. 0.402±0.011) and ADC increased [GM: 1134±203 vs. 899±28 (x 10-6 mm2/s); WM: 901±138 vs. 751±17 (x 10-6 mm2/s)]. Correlations of water content with FA and ADC in WM were strong (r=-0.68, P<0.02; r=0.75; P<0.01, respectively); those in GM were weaker (r=-0.50, P<0.05; r=0.45, P<0.1, respectively). Likewise, FA and ADC were more strongly correlated in WM (r=-0.88; P<0.00001) than in GM (r=-0.69, P<0.01). The demonstrated relationship between DTI parameters and water content in multiple sclerosis patients suggests a potential for therapy monitoring in normal-appearing brain tissue. (orig.)

  16. Diffusion-weighted MRI with parallel imaging technique: apparent diffusion coefficient determination in normal kidneys and in nonmalignant renal diseases.

    Macarini, Luca; Stoppino, Luca Pio; Milillo, Paola; Ciuffreda, Pierpaolo; Fortunato, Francesca; Vinci, Roberta

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to assess the capability and the reliability of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements in the evaluation of different benign renal abnormalities. Twenty-five healthy volunteers and 31 patients, divided into seven different groups (A-G) according to pathology, underwent diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW MRI) of the kidneys using 1.5-T system. DW images were obtained in the axial plane with a spin-echo echo planar imaging single-shot sequence with three b values (0, 300, and 600 s/mm²). Before acquisition of DW sequences, we performed in each patient a morphological study of the kidneys. ADC was 2.40±0.20×10⁻³ mm² s⁻¹ in volunteers. A significant difference was found between Groups A (cysts=3.39±0.51×10⁻³ mm² s⁻¹) and B (acute/chronic renal failure=1.38±0.40×10⁻³ mm² s⁻¹) and between Groups A and C (chronic pyelonephritis=1.53±0.21×10⁻³ mm² s⁻¹) (P.05). A considerable correlation between glomerular filtration rate and ADC was found (P=.04). In conclusion, significant differences were detected among different patient groups, and this suggests that ADC measurements can be useful in differentiating normal renal parenchyma from most commonly encountered nonmalignant renal lesions. PMID:21092872

  17. Density dependence of the single particle kinetic energy in {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He

    Azuah, R.T. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics]|[Rutherford Appleton Lab., Chilton, Didcot (United Kingdom); Stirling, W.G. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Gibbs, M.R. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Sokol, P.E. [Dept. of Physics, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Mayers, J. [Rutherford Appleton Lab., Chilton, Didcot (United Kingdom)

    1995-08-01

    We present inelastic neutron scattering measurements of liquid {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He mixtures at 1.5 K and at {sup 3}He concentrations of 0,15,40,70 and 100%. There is little apparent concentration dependence of the {sup 3}He kinetic energy, in disagreement with recent variational calculations for mixtures. The kinetic energy of the {sup 4}He component for the lower concentration mixtures is consistent with theoretical predictions. (orig.).

  18. The role of apparent diffusion coefficient values in detecting testicular intraepithelial neoplasia: Preliminary results

    Tsili, Athina C., E-mail: a_tsili@yahoo.gr [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Ntorkou, Alexandra, E-mail: alexdorkou@yahoo.com [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Baltogiannis, Dimitrios, E-mail: Greece.dbaltog@cc.uoi.gr [Department of Urology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Goussia, Anna, E-mail: agoussia@uoi.gr [Department of Pathology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Astrakas, Loukas G., E-mail: astrakas@uoi.gr [Department of Medical Physics, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Malamou-Mitsi, Vasiliki, E-mail: vmalamou@cc.uoi.gr [Department of Pathology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Sofikitis, Nikolaos, E-mail: akrosnin@hotmail.com [Department of Urology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Argyropoulou, Maria I., E-mail: margyrop@cc.uoi.gr [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • ADC values proved useful in the discrimination between TGCNs and normal testis. • Testicular intraepithelial neoplasia represents the precursor of most TGCNs. • ADC values cannot be used to detect testicular intraepithelial neoplasia. - Abstract: Introduction: The aim of this study is to improve detection of testicular intraepithelial neoplasia (TIN) by measurement of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values. Materials and methods: Fifty-six MRI examinations of the scrotum, including 26 histologically proven testicular germ cell neoplasms were retrospectively evaluated. DWI was performed using a single shot, multi-slice spin-echo planar diffusion pulse sequence and b-values of 0 and 900 s mm{sup −2}. ADC measurements were classified into three groups according to their location: group 1 (n = 19), non-tumoral part, adjacent to testicular carcinoma, where the possible location of TIN was; group 2 (n = 26), testicular carcinoma; and group 3 (n = 60), normal testicular parenchyma. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by post hoc analysis (Dunnett T3) was used for statistical purposes. Results: The mean ± s.d. of ADC values (×10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s) of different groups were: group 1, 1.08 ± 0.20; group 2, 0.72 ± 0.27; and group 3, 1.11 ± 0.14. ANOVA revealed differences of mean ADC between groups (F = 38.859, P < 0.001). Post hoc analysis showed differences between groups 2 and 3 (P < 0.001), groups 2 and 1 (P < 0.001), but not between groups 3 and 1 (P = 0.87). Conclusions: Based on our preliminary results, ADC values do not provide a reliable differentiation between TIN and testicular carcinoma or normal testicular parenchyma.

  19. The use of MRI apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in monitoring the development of brain infarction

    To study the rules that apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) changes with time and space in cerebral infarction, and to provide the evidence in defining the infarction stages. 117 work-ups in 98 patients with cerebral infarction (12 hyperacute, 43 acute, 29 subacute, 10 steady, and 23 chronic infarctions) were imaged with both conventional MRI and diffusion weighted imaging. The average ADC values, the relative ADC (rADC) values, and the ADC values or rADC values from the center to the periphery of the lesion were calculated. The average ADC values and the rADC values of hyperacute and acute infarction lesion depressed obviously. rADC values in hyperacute and acute stage was minimized, and increased progressively as time passed and appeared as 'pseudonormal' values in approximately 8 to 14 days. Thereafter, rADC values became greater than normal in chronic stage. There was positive correlation between rADC values and time (P < 0.01). The ADC values and the rADC values in hyperacute and acute lesions had gradient signs that these lesions increased from the center to the periphery. The ADC values and the rADC values in subacute lesions had adverse gradient signs that these lesions decreased from the center to the periphery. The ADC values of infarction lesions have evolution rules with time and space. The evolution rules with time and those in space can be helpful to decide the clinical stage, and to provide the evidence in guiding the treatment or judging the prognosis in infarction

  20. The role of apparent diffusion coefficient values in detecting testicular intraepithelial neoplasia: Preliminary results

    Highlights: • ADC values proved useful in the discrimination between TGCNs and normal testis. • Testicular intraepithelial neoplasia represents the precursor of most TGCNs. • ADC values cannot be used to detect testicular intraepithelial neoplasia. - Abstract: Introduction: The aim of this study is to improve detection of testicular intraepithelial neoplasia (TIN) by measurement of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values. Materials and methods: Fifty-six MRI examinations of the scrotum, including 26 histologically proven testicular germ cell neoplasms were retrospectively evaluated. DWI was performed using a single shot, multi-slice spin-echo planar diffusion pulse sequence and b-values of 0 and 900 s mm−2. ADC measurements were classified into three groups according to their location: group 1 (n = 19), non-tumoral part, adjacent to testicular carcinoma, where the possible location of TIN was; group 2 (n = 26), testicular carcinoma; and group 3 (n = 60), normal testicular parenchyma. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by post hoc analysis (Dunnett T3) was used for statistical purposes. Results: The mean ± s.d. of ADC values (×10−3 mm2/s) of different groups were: group 1, 1.08 ± 0.20; group 2, 0.72 ± 0.27; and group 3, 1.11 ± 0.14. ANOVA revealed differences of mean ADC between groups (F = 38.859, P < 0.001). Post hoc analysis showed differences between groups 2 and 3 (P < 0.001), groups 2 and 1 (P < 0.001), but not between groups 3 and 1 (P = 0.87). Conclusions: Based on our preliminary results, ADC values do not provide a reliable differentiation between TIN and testicular carcinoma or normal testicular parenchyma

  1. Apparent diffusion coefficient values and dynamic contrast enhancement patterns in differentiating seminomas from nonseminomatous testicular neoplasms

    Highlights: • Functional MRI in the characterization of testicular germ cell tumors was assessed. • ADC values proved useful in the characterization of testicular germ cell tumors. • Testicular germ cell tumors had similar enhancement patterns of dynamic MRI. - Abstract: Introduction: The aim of this study is to investigate the role of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values and dynamic contrast enhancement (DCE) patterns in differentiating seminomas from nonseminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCTs). Materials and methods: The MRI examinations of the scrotum of 26 men with histologically proven testicular GCTs were reviewed. DWI was performed in all patients, using a single shot, multi-slice spin-echo planar diffusion pulse sequence and b-values of 0 and 900 s/mm2. Subtraction DCE-MRI was performed in 20 cases using a 3D fast-field echo sequence after gadolinium administration. Time-signal intensity curves were created and semi-quantitative parameters (peak enhancement, time to peak, wash-in and wash-out rate) were calculated. The Student's t-test was used to compare the mean values of ADC, peak enhancement, time to peak, wash-in and wash-out rate between seminomas and NSGCTs. ROC analysis was also performed. Results: Histopathology disclosed the presence of 15 seminomas and 11 NSGCTs. The mean ± s.d. of ADC values (× 10−3 mm2/s) of seminomas (0.59 ± 0.009) were significantly lower than those of NSGCTs (0.90 ± 0.33) (P = 0.01). The optimal ADC cut-off value was 0.68 × 10−3 mm2/s. No differences between the two groups were observed for peak enhancement (P = 0.18), time to peak (P = 0.63) wash-in rate (P = 0.32) and wash-out rate (P = 0.18). Conclusions: ADC values may be used to preoperatively differentiate seminomas from NSGCTs

  2. The efficacy of diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficients mapping for liver metastasis of colonic adenocarcinomas

    Metin, Melike R.; Aydın, Hasan; Çetin, Hüseyin; Özmen, Evrim; Kayaçetin, Serra

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: To establish retrospectively the relation between the histopathologic grade of colorectal liver metastasis and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of hepatic metastases of colorectal adenocarcinomas. Methods: The diagnoses of liver metastases were confirmed with biopsy, surgery, and follow-up imaging findings. Twenty-six patients with 94 liver metastasis were included in the study. Of 94 masses, 59 were poorly-differentiated adenocarcinoma, 18 were moderately-differentiated adenocarcinoma, and 17 were well-differentiated regarding the diameters, ADC values, and ratio index (RI) values. Kolmogorov-smirnov normality test, Kruskal-wallis analysis of variance, Mann-Whitney U test with Bonferroni correction, Spearman correlation analysis, and receiver operating characteristics curve methods were applied to evaluate the statistical relations. Results: There was a statistically significant difference in terms of ADC values and RI between poorly-differentiated adenocarcinoma and moderately-differentiated adenocarcinoma plus well-differentiated adenocarcinomas. Poorly-differentiated adenocarcinomas have the lowest ADC values and highest RI values among other groups. Conclusion: Use of ADC values alone can be executed for the diagnosis of focal hepatic masses and also can aid in the differentiation of benign and malignant hepatic lesions. PMID:27052280

  3. Reproductibility of apparent diffusion coefficients measurements in diffusion-weighted MRI of the abdomen with different b values

    Purpose: To test the reproducibility of apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC) measurements of the normal liver, kidney and spleen parenchyma with different b values. Materials and methods: Eleven healthy volunteers were imaged twice with use of the same protocol. Each DWI was performed with b-factors of 0, 100 and 500 s/mm2. The ADCs were organized according to session (1 or 2), anatomic location and repetition (twice with two different b value per session). The ADC data were analyzed with repeated-measures analysis of variance to demonstrate the influence of anatomic location, session and different b values. The coefficient of variation was calculated for each subject, b value and anatomic location, then analyzed by using repeated-measures analysis of variance. Results: There were significant differences in mean ADCs among the three anatomic locations and with different b values (P .05). The CV values range between 7.3% and 14.7%. There were no significant differences in CV values neither between the two b values nor for the various organ locations (P > .05). Conclusion: Using the same technical parameters, patients and the same observer, CV values range between 7.3% and 14.7%. And we recommend to be careful in examination and comparison of the measured ADC values, below these limits, without knowledge technical parameters that has been used, otherwise differences that are merely because of changes in the measurement technique could be interpreted as differences because of progression of disease or therapy

  4. Measurement of polarization of {sup 3}He with mobile polarized {sup 3}He neutron spin filter

    Ino, T. [Neutron Science Laboratory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, KEK, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Ibaraki-ken 305-0801 (Japan); Kim, G.N., E-mail: gnkim@knu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daehak-ro 80, Buk-gu, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, M.W. [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daehak-ro 80, Buk-gu, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, S.M. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, J.Y. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, S.W. [School of Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Skoy, V.R. [Division of Advanced Nuclear Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-03-15

    A mobile polarized {sup 3}He neutron spin filter was developed for both optical pumping and transportation, and the polarization of {sup 3}He was measured with cold neutrons of HANARO in KAERI. The progress of polarization build-up during the optical pumping of the {sup 3}He cell was observed by adiabatic fast-passage NMR system. The {sup 3}He cell was made of an alumino-silicate glass GE-180 with a cylindrical shape of 40 mm in diameter and 60 mm in length from KEK. A cell contained 5.74 bar⋅cm of {sup 3}He gas. The whole installation after 8 h pumping was transported to the general-purpose test station of the HANARO research reactor and the polarization of {sup 3}He was measured with cold neutrons. The measured polarization of {sup 3}He was 0.18 ± 0.01 by measuring the neutron transmission through the {sup 3}He cell.

  5. Study of the apparent diffusion coefficient values in the grading of cerebral astrocytic tumors

    Objective: To investigate the diagnostic value of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in the grading of cerebral astrocytic tumors. Methods: Diffusion weighted MR imaging (DWI) was performed for 56 cases of cerebral astrocytic tumors proved pathologically. The ADC and the exponential diffusion coefficient (EDC) values were measured at the tumoral core, per/tumoral edematous region, peritumoral normal-appearance white matter and the contralateral white matter. The rADC and rEDC values of the tumoral core, peritumoral edematous region and peritumoral normal-appearance white matter were calculated. The relationship between the various diffusion coefficient values and tumor grading was analyzed. Results: Fifty six cases of cerebral astrocytic tumors included 2 pilocytic astrocytoma (grade I), 33 astrocytoma (grade II), 8 anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III), 13 glioblastoma multiforme (grade IV). The ADC values of the tumor core of low grade astrocytoma, anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma multiforme were (1.44 ± 0.26) x 10-3, (0.98 ± 0.22) x 10-3 and (0.83 ± 0.15) x 10-3 mm2/s respectively, and the rADC values were (1.91±0.39)%, (1.34±0.33)% and (1.06± 0.20)% respectively. The EDC values were 0.26±0.11, 0.39±0.09 and 0.44±0.07 respectively, and the rEDC values were (0.55±0.20)%, (0.81±0.19)% and (0.98±0.16)% respectively. Significant differences of these values at the tumoral core were seen between different pathological grades of the astrocytic tumors (F=36.189, 31.756, 19.623 and 24.760, P=0.000). The ADC and rADC values of high-grade astrocytic tumors were (0.89 ± 0.19) x 10-3 mm2/s and (1.17±0.28)% respectively, which were lower than those of low-grade astrocytic tumors (t=8.332 and 7.620, P=0.000), while the EDC and rEDC values of high-grade tumors were 0.42±0.08 and (0.91±0.18)% respectively, being higher than those of low-grade turnors (t=-6.082 and -6.776, P=0.000). The accuracy was 89.3% when rADC of 1.52% was set as the

  6. Spin dynamics of 3He in aerogel

    The authors report continuous-wave NMR measurements on superfluid 3He contained inside high porosity aerogel at 3.24 MPa, in a 28.4 mT magnetic field, and down to 0.9 mK. Three different purities of 3He were used: pure 3He, 3He with enough 4He to replace the first localized layer, and 3He with enough 4He to replace both localized layers. Below 2.26mK, the NMR spectrum does not consist of a single Lorentzian, but a distribution of NR resonant frequencies both above and below the Larmor frequency, ωL. Upon cooling, the component of the spectrum at frequencies below the Larmor frequency moves to higher frequencies over a narrow temperature range and does not return to ω L upon warming. The higher frequency component of the spectrum displays two resolvable peaks which become a complex structure upon removal of the localized 3He spins. The spectrum changes as the magnetic field is rotated about the axis of the aerogel sample, indicating that the 3He is able to detect a preferred direction in the aerogel. The shape of the spectrum shows no rotation or magnetic field hysteresis. The authors find that the average frequency shifts of the NMR spectra do not depend on the presence of the localized 3He spins. These frequency shifts and the presence of a temperature-independent magnetization for the liquid 3He suggest that the aerogel stabilizes a single equal-spin-pairing state in the experiments

  7. 3He melting pressure temperature scale

    Halperin, W.P.; Archie, C.N.; Richardson, R.C.;

    1976-01-01

    The latent heat for solidification of **3He has been measured along the **3He melting curve between 23 and 1 mK. A temperature scale is established which depends only on measurements of heat, pressure and volume, and on the condition that the entropy of solid **3He approaches R ln 2 at high...... temperatures. The A feature of the melting curve which suggests itself as a thermometric fixed point is found to be T//A equals 2. 75 plus or minus 0. 11 mK. The agreement between this value and independent measurements of T//A, based on nuclear or electronic paramagnetism, Johnson noise thermometry...

  8. On the Relationship Between the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient and Extravascular Extracellular Volume Fraction in Human Breast Cancer

    Arlinghaus, Lori R.; Xia LI; Rahman, A. Ridwan; Welch, E. Brian; Xu, Lei; Gore, John C.; Yankeelov, Thomas E.

    2011-01-01

    MRI techniques have been developed that can noninvasively probe the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of water via diffusion weighted MRI (DW-MRI). These methods have found much application in cancer where it is often found that the ADC within tumors is inversely correlated with tumor cell density, so that an increase in ADC in response to therapy can be interpreted as an imaging biomarker of positive treatment response. Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) methods have also been develo...

  9. Value of Apparent Diffusion Coefficient(ADC) of Diffusion eighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Common Renal Disease Diagnosis

    Yuelang Zhang; Xingwang Sun; Guangnan Quan; Yongqian Qiang; Chenxia Li

    2008-01-01

    Objective:To find the value of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging of common renal diseases. Methods: There were 30 healthy subjects and 81 patients with renal lesions (56 cases of renal carcinoma, 18 lesions of 12 cases of renal angiomyolipoma, and 21 lesions of 13 cases of renal cysts). Conventional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging were carded out. We measured the average ADC value of the renal lesions and normal kidneys. ADC maps from different b values were generated by a statistical package. Results: The ADC values of normal kidneys with three different motion-probing gradients(b=500, 800, 1000 sec/mm2) were 2.78±0.14×10-3mm2s-1,2.45±0.13×10-3mm2s-1, 2.13±0.14×10-3mm2s-1, respectively. The ADC values of renal cell carcinoma with three different motion-probing gradients(b=500, 800, 1008 sec/mm2) were 1.63±0.14×10-3mm2s-1, 1.31±0.18×10-3mm2s-1, 1.07±0.15-310-3mm2s-1, respectively. Among the renal cell carcinoma, the ADC value of clear cell type were 1.67±0.09×10-3mm2s-1, 1.36±0.13×10-3mm2s-1, 1.15±0.14×10-3mm2s-1,respectively; the ADC values of granular cell type were 1.59±0.19×10-3mm2s-1, 1.25±0.22×10-3mm2s-1, 0.97±0.12×10-3mm2s-1, respectively. The ADC values of renal angiomyolipoma with three different motion-probing gradients(b=500, 800, 1008 sec/mm2) were 0.88±0.08×10-3mm2s-1, 0.63±0.07×10-3mm2s-1, 0.43±0.04×10-3mm2s-1, respectively. The ADC values of renal cystic lesions with three different motion-probing gradients(b=500, 800, 1000 sec/mm2) were 3.73±0.18×10-3mm2s-1, 3.44±0.13×10-3mm2s-1, 3.09±0.21×10-3mm2s-1, respectively. Statistically significant differences exists between the ADC values of normal kidney, renal carcinomas, renal angiomyolipomas and renal cysts when the b value is the same. Among the different cell types of renal carcinomas, the ADC value of granular cell carcinoma is lower than that of clear cell

  10. Role of PROPELLER diffusion-weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient in the evaluation of pituitary adenomas

    Objective: The relationship between tumor consistency and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values is controversial. We evaluated the role of the ADC using an advanced diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) technique. We employed periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER) DWI acquired on a 3-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to assess the consistency of pituitary adenomas and examined the relationship between the ADC and the hormone secretion status of the tumors and their MIB-1 labeling index (MIB-1 LI). Materials and methods: The study protocol was approved by our institutional review board. We retrospectively studied 24 operated patients with pituitary adenomas who had undergone PROPELLER DWI on a 3-T MRI scanner. Conventional MRI findings were expressed as the ratio of the signal intensity (SI) in the lesions to the SI of the normal white matter and the degree of contrast enhancement. Minimum-, mean-, and maximum ADC (ADCmin, ADCmean, ADCmax) values were calculated. The consistency of the tumors was determined by neurosurgeons. All surgical specimens were submitted for histological study to calculate the MIB-1 LI and the percent collagen content. Preoperative MRI-, intraoperative-, and histological findings were analyzed by a statistician. Results: Our study included 15 soft-, 5 fibrous-, and 4 hard tumors. Tumor consistency was strongly associated with the percent collagen content. However, neither the tumor consistency nor the percent collagen content was correlated with MRI findings or ADC values. The SI of growth hormone-producing adenomas on T2-WI was lower than of the other pituitary adenomas studied (p < 0.01); no other significant difference was found in the ADC or on conventional MRI between pituitary adenomas with different secretory functions. The MIB-1 LI of pituitary adenomas was not correlated with their appearance on conventional MRI or their ADC values. Conclusion: Using the PROPELLER DWI

  11. Diffusion-weighted MRI of epithelial ovarian cancers: Correlation of apparent diffusion coefficient values with histologic grade and surgical stage

    Highlights: •The solid component of all invasive epithelial cancers showed high b1000 signal intensity. •ADCs can predict the histologic grade of epithelial ovarian cancer. •ADCs correlate negatively to the surgical stage of epithelial ovarian cancer. •ADCs may be useful imaging biomarkers to assess epithelial ovarian cancer. -- Abstract: Objective: The purpose of this article is to correlate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of epithelial ovarian cancers with histologic grade and surgical stage. Materials and methods: We enrolled 43 patients with pathologically proven epithelial ovarian cancers for this retrospective study. All patients underwent preoperative pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including diffusion-weighted images with b value of 0 and 1000 s/mm2 at 3.0-T unit. The mean ADC values of the solid portion of the tumor were measured and compared among different histologic grades and surgical stages. Results: The mean ADC values of epithelial ovarian cancers differed significantly between grade 1 (well-differentiated) and grade 2 (moderately-differentiated) (P = 0.013) as well as between grade 1 and grade 3 (poorly-differentiated) (P = 0.01); however, no statistically significant difference existed between grade 2 and grade 3 (P = 0.737). The receiver-operating characteristic analysis indicated that a cutoff ADC value of less than or equal to 1.09 × 10−3 mm2/s was associated with 94.4% sensitivity and 85.7% specificity in distinguishing grade 1 and grade 2/3 cancer. The difference in mean ADC values was statistically significant for early stage (FIGO stage I) and advanced stage (FIGO stage II-IV) cancer (P = 0.011). The interobserver agreement for the mean ADC values of epithelial ovarian cancers was excellent. Conclusion: The mean ADC values of the solid portion of epithelial ovarian cancers negatively correlated to histologic grade and surgical stage. The mean ADC values may be useful imaging biomarkers for assessment of

  12. Diffusion-weighted MRI of epithelial ovarian cancers: Correlation of apparent diffusion coefficient values with histologic grade and surgical stage

    Oh, Ji-Won, E-mail: fromentin@naver.com [Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Rha, Sung Eun, E-mail: serha@catholic.ac.kr [Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Oh, Soon Nam, E-mail: hiohsn@catholic.ac.kr [Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Michael Yong, E-mail: digirave@kmle.com [Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Byun, Jae Young, E-mail: jybyun@catholic.ac.kr [Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Ahwon, E-mail: klee@catholic.ac.kr [Department of Hospital Pathology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: •The solid component of all invasive epithelial cancers showed high b{sub 1000} signal intensity. •ADCs can predict the histologic grade of epithelial ovarian cancer. •ADCs correlate negatively to the surgical stage of epithelial ovarian cancer. •ADCs may be useful imaging biomarkers to assess epithelial ovarian cancer. -- Abstract: Objective: The purpose of this article is to correlate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of epithelial ovarian cancers with histologic grade and surgical stage. Materials and methods: We enrolled 43 patients with pathologically proven epithelial ovarian cancers for this retrospective study. All patients underwent preoperative pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including diffusion-weighted images with b value of 0 and 1000 s/mm{sup 2} at 3.0-T unit. The mean ADC values of the solid portion of the tumor were measured and compared among different histologic grades and surgical stages. Results: The mean ADC values of epithelial ovarian cancers differed significantly between grade 1 (well-differentiated) and grade 2 (moderately-differentiated) (P = 0.013) as well as between grade 1 and grade 3 (poorly-differentiated) (P = 0.01); however, no statistically significant difference existed between grade 2 and grade 3 (P = 0.737). The receiver-operating characteristic analysis indicated that a cutoff ADC value of less than or equal to 1.09 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s was associated with 94.4% sensitivity and 85.7% specificity in distinguishing grade 1 and grade 2/3 cancer. The difference in mean ADC values was statistically significant for early stage (FIGO stage I) and advanced stage (FIGO stage II-IV) cancer (P = 0.011). The interobserver agreement for the mean ADC values of epithelial ovarian cancers was excellent. Conclusion: The mean ADC values of the solid portion of epithelial ovarian cancers negatively correlated to histologic grade and surgical stage. The mean ADC values may be useful imaging

  13. Role of PROPELLER diffusion-weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient in the evaluation of pituitary adenomas

    Mahmoud, Omar M. [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Department of Radiology, South Egypt Cancer Institute, Assiut University, Assiut 71515 (Egypt); Tominaga, Atsushi [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Amatya, Vishwa Jeet [Department of Pathology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Ohtaki, Megu [Department of Environmetrics and Biometrics, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Sugiyama, Kazuhiko; Sakoguchi, Tetsuhiko; Kinoshita, Yasuyuki [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Takeshima, Yukio [Department of Pathology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Abe, Nobukazu; Akiyama, Yuji [Department of Clinical Radiology, Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); El-Ghoriany, Ahmad I. [Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut 71515 (Egypt); Alla, Abdel Karim H. Abd; El-Sharkawy, Mostafa A.M. [Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut 71515 (Egypt); Arita, Kazunori [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima (Japan); Kurisu, Kaoru [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Yamasaki, Fumiyuki, E-mail: fyama@hiroshima-u.ac.jp [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan)

    2011-11-15

    Objective: The relationship between tumor consistency and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values is controversial. We evaluated the role of the ADC using an advanced diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) technique. We employed periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER) DWI acquired on a 3-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to assess the consistency of pituitary adenomas and examined the relationship between the ADC and the hormone secretion status of the tumors and their MIB-1 labeling index (MIB-1 LI). Materials and methods: The study protocol was approved by our institutional review board. We retrospectively studied 24 operated patients with pituitary adenomas who had undergone PROPELLER DWI on a 3-T MRI scanner. Conventional MRI findings were expressed as the ratio of the signal intensity (SI) in the lesions to the SI of the normal white matter and the degree of contrast enhancement. Minimum-, mean-, and maximum ADC (ADC{sub min}, ADC{sub mean}, ADC{sub max}) values were calculated. The consistency of the tumors was determined by neurosurgeons. All surgical specimens were submitted for histological study to calculate the MIB-1 LI and the percent collagen content. Preoperative MRI-, intraoperative-, and histological findings were analyzed by a statistician. Results: Our study included 15 soft-, 5 fibrous-, and 4 hard tumors. Tumor consistency was strongly associated with the percent collagen content. However, neither the tumor consistency nor the percent collagen content was correlated with MRI findings or ADC values. The SI of growth hormone-producing adenomas on T2-WI was lower than of the other pituitary adenomas studied (p < 0.01); no other significant difference was found in the ADC or on conventional MRI between pituitary adenomas with different secretory functions. The MIB-1 LI of pituitary adenomas was not correlated with their appearance on conventional MRI or their ADC values. Conclusion: Using the

  14. Seasonal changes of apparent thermal diffusivity of different kinds of soils

    Dedecek, Petr; Safanda, Jan; Correia, Antonio; Rajver, Dusan; Cermak, Vladimir; Kresl, Milan

    2013-04-01

    The paper addresses the problem of seasonal changes of apparent thermal diffusivity (ATD) in different types of soils in different climatic conditions. The long-term (several years) temperature series recorded at observatories in Czechia, Slovenia and Portugal were processed using a program based on the error function solution of the heat conduction equation for a semi-infinite solid. The program simulates penetration of temperature changes represented by the observed time-temperature series in differently wide time floating intervals, and in different depth levels of the soil profile. Synthetic temperature series for different values of thermal diffusivity (with a step of 1E-8 m2/s) are automatically compared with measured temperature time series in a given depth. The ATD value minimizing the standard deviation of difference between the measured and computed temperature series is considered as the best approximation of reality. The method has been applied to the temperature series from (i) observatory in Prague, where the temperature monitoring in different kinds of soil (sand, bare clayey soil, grassy soil) and asphalt is running from 2002, (ii) Evora - Portugal (gravelly sand, running from 2005), and finally (iii) Malence - Slovenia (grassy clayey soil, running from 2003). The soil temperature is measured at the depths of 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cm at each of the observatories. Results have shown a gradual increase of the ATD with depth caused by the soil density gradient in case of Malence and Prague (excluding asphalt). The ATD of the upper part of sand (2 - 5 cm), contrary to grassy surface, is quite sensitive to weather pattern (e.g. periods of rain or drought), when the strong convective heat transport in soil can occur. The ATD values in Evora show an annual run connected with a long dry summer season. The seasonal pattern is characterized, especially in the upper part of soil, by a rapid decrease from 7*E-7 to 4*E-7 m2/s in June and a return to higher values

  15. Apparent diffusion coefficient values and dynamic contrast enhancement patterns in differentiating seminomas from nonseminomatous testicular neoplasms

    Tsili, Athina C., E-mail: a_tsili@yahoo.gr [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Sylakos, Anastasios, E-mail: anasylakos@yahoo.gr [Department of Urology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Ntorkou, Alexandra, E-mail: alexdorkou@yahoo.com [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Stavrou, Sotirios, E-mail: s.sotiris@yahoo.gr [Department of Urology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Astrakas, Loukas G., E-mail: astrakas@uoi.gr [Department of Medical Physics, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Sofikitis, Nikolaos, E-mail: akrosnin@hotmail.com [Department of Urology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Argyropoulou, Maria I., E-mail: margyrop@cc.uoi.gr [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Functional MRI in the characterization of testicular germ cell tumors was assessed. • ADC values proved useful in the characterization of testicular germ cell tumors. • Testicular germ cell tumors had similar enhancement patterns of dynamic MRI. - Abstract: Introduction: The aim of this study is to investigate the role of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values and dynamic contrast enhancement (DCE) patterns in differentiating seminomas from nonseminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCTs). Materials and methods: The MRI examinations of the scrotum of 26 men with histologically proven testicular GCTs were reviewed. DWI was performed in all patients, using a single shot, multi-slice spin-echo planar diffusion pulse sequence and b-values of 0 and 900 s/mm{sup 2}. Subtraction DCE-MRI was performed in 20 cases using a 3D fast-field echo sequence after gadolinium administration. Time-signal intensity curves were created and semi-quantitative parameters (peak enhancement, time to peak, wash-in and wash-out rate) were calculated. The Student's t-test was used to compare the mean values of ADC, peak enhancement, time to peak, wash-in and wash-out rate between seminomas and NSGCTs. ROC analysis was also performed. Results: Histopathology disclosed the presence of 15 seminomas and 11 NSGCTs. The mean ± s.d. of ADC values (× 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s) of seminomas (0.59 ± 0.009) were significantly lower than those of NSGCTs (0.90 ± 0.33) (P = 0.01). The optimal ADC cut-off value was 0.68 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s. No differences between the two groups were observed for peak enhancement (P = 0.18), time to peak (P = 0.63) wash-in rate (P = 0.32) and wash-out rate (P = 0.18). Conclusions: ADC values may be used to preoperatively differentiate seminomas from NSGCTs.

  16. Pancreatic cancer: Lack of association between apparent diffusion coefficient values and adverse pathological features

    Aim: To identify retrospectively potential associations between apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of pancreatic adenocarcinoma and tumour grade as well as other pathological features, using histopathological assessment from the Whipple procedure as the reference standard. Materials and methods: Thirty patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including diffusion-weighted imaging with b-values of 0 and 500 s/mm2 before the Whipple procedure. Two radiologists independently recorded the ADC values of the tumour and benign pancreas for all cases. ADC values were compared with histopathological findings following the Whipple procedure. Results: The intra-class correlation coefficient was 0.689 for benign pancreas and 0.695 for tumours, indicating good inter-reader agreement for ADC values. The mean ADC value was significantly lower in tumours than in benign pancreas for both readers (reader 1: 1.74 ± 0.34 × 10−3 mm2/s versus 2.08 ± 0.48 × 10−3 mm2/s, respectively, p = 0.006; reader 2: 1.69 ± 0.41 × 10−3 mm2/s versus 2.11 ± 0.54 × 10−3 mm2/s, respectively, p −3 mm2/s versus 1.78 ± 0.33 × 10−3 mm2/s, respectively, p = 0.491; reader 2: 1.62 ± 0.33 × 10−3 mm2/s versus 1.75 ± 0.49 × 10−3 mm2/s, respectively, p = 0.405). The area under the curve (AUC) for differentiation of poorly and well/moderately differentiated tumours was 0.611 and 0.596 for readers 1 and 2, respectively, and was not significantly better than an AUC of 0.500 for either reader (p ≥ 0.306). In addition, ADC was not significantly different for either reader between tumours with stage T3 versus stage T1/T2, between tumours with and without metastatic peri-pancreatic lymph nodes, or between tumours located in the pancreatic head versus other pancreatic regions (p ≥ 0.413). Conclusion: No associations between ADC values of pancreatic adenocarcinoma and tumour grade or other adverse pathological features were observed

  17. Value of normalized apparent diffusion coefficient for estimating histological grade of vesical urothelial carcinoma

    Aim: To compare the efficacy of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and normalized ADC (nADC) for estimating the histological grade of vesical urothelial carcinoma and to identify an optimal reference for nADC calculation. Materials and methods: Thirty patients with histologically confirmed vesical urothelial carcinomas underwent preoperative diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) of the pelvis. nADC of the tumour was calculated as ADC (tumour)/ADC (reference) using urine in the bladder lumen, and the obturator internus and gluteus maximus muscles as reference. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were constructed and compared to identify an optimal reference for nADC calculation. Results: Both ADC and nADC of low-grade tumours (1.112 ± 0.159 × 10−3 mm2/s, 0.403 ± 0.047 × 10−3 mm2/s) were significantly (p < 0.001) higher than those of high-grade tumours (0.772 ± 0.091 × 10−3 mm2/s, 0.276 ± 0.033 × 10−3 mm2/s). The area under the nADC ROC curve using urine as reference was significantly (p = 0.000) larger (0.995) than those using obturator internus (0.960) and gluteus maximus (0.945). Conclusions: nADC is superior to ADC for estimating the histological grade of bladder carcinoma using urine in the bladder lumen as an optimal reference for nADC calculation. - Highlights: • We use a new non-invasive method in bladder cancer preoperative pathological grade evaluation. • We first use the normalized ADC value in bladder cancer. • Normalized ADC value was confirmed to be more reliable than ADC value

  18. A preliminary study of apparent diffusion coefficient in chemotherapy-induced liver damage

    Objectives: To investigate changes in the hepatic apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Methods: We enrolled 54 patients (25 women; mean age 57.0 ± 13.1 years, range 29–89 years) undergoing chemotherapy for tumor and 10 controls (7 women; mean age 55.1 ± 17.5 years, range 23–81 years). The patients were tested for serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) activity (abnormal, normal) and fatty liver. Hepatic ADC values were compared among controls, patients and subgroups. Pearson correlation coefficient was used to assess the correlation between ADC and ALT activity. Results: Hepatic ADC0,850 (×10−3 mm2/s) was lower for patients than controls (1.14 ± 0.18 vs. 1.28 ± 0.12, P = 0.02) and was lower for patients with than without fatty liver and controls (1.01 ± 0.06 vs. 1.18 ± 0.18 and 1.28 ± 0.12, respectively, all P < 0.01), with no significant difference between patients without fatty liver and controls (P = 0.07). ADC0,850 was lower for patients with abnormal ALT than normal ALT activity and controls (0.99 ± 0.06 vs. 1.17 ± 0.18 and 1.28 ± 0.12, respectively, all P < 0.05), with a significant difference also being seen between patients with normal ALT activity and controls (P = 0.04). Hepatic ADC0,850 was not correlated with ALT activity in patients (r = -0.24, P = 0.08). Conclusions: Although ADC did not correlate with ALT values, it did distinguish patient likely to have chemotherapy-induced liver damage as indicated by abnormal ALT values or fatty liver. These mechanisms need to be disentangled.

  19. Fluctuations above the superfluid transition in liquid 3He

    It is shown that fluctuations above the superfluid transition in liquid 3He depend strongly upon the relative angular momentum l of a Cooper pair but are insensitive to the fourth order term in the Ginsburg-Landau free energy. The effects are shown to be observable in the static magnetization, viscosity and spin diffusion and give a means of determining the value of l. (U.S.)

  20. Evaluation of the pyramidal tract in patients with brain tumor in terms of diffusion anisotropy, apparent diffusion coefficient and eigenvalues

    Diffusion anisotropy index, diffusion trace and eigenvalues of the pyramidal tracts were measured in 19 patients with supratentorial brain tumor using diffusion tensor MR imaging. These indices reflected condition of pyramidal tract, being compressed and/or being T2-high. Estimation of eigenvalues, in addition to diffusion anisotropy and the trace, should provide more detailed information about the pyramidal tract in brain tumor cases. (author)

  1. Photodisintegration of 3H and 3He

    The photoneutron cross sections for 3H and 3He have been measured from threshold to approx. 25 MeV with monoenergetic photons from the annihilation in flight of fast positrons at the LLL Electron-Positron Linear Accelerator facility. These reactions include the two-body breakup of 3H and the three-body breakup of both 3H and 3He; these measurements for 3H are the first to span the energy region across the peaks of the cross sections. An efficient BF3-tube-and-paraffin neutron detector and high-pressure gaseous samples of several moles each (the activity of the 3H sample was approx. 200,000 Ci) were employed in these measurements. Measurements on 16O and 2H also were performed to verify the absolute cross-section scale. The results, when compared with each other and with results for the two-body breakup cross section for 3He from the literature, show that the two-body breakup cross sections for 3H and 3He have nearly the same shape, but the one for 3He lies lower in magnitude; the three-body breakup cross section for 3He lies higher in magnitude and is broader in the peak region and also rises less sharply from threshold than that for 3H; and these measured differences between the cross sections for the breakup modes largely compensate in their sum, so that the total photon absorption cross sections for 3H and 3He are nearly the same in both size and shape at energies near and above their peaks. Theoretical results from the literature disagree with the experimental results to a certain extent over the entire photon-energy region for which the photoneutron cross sections were measured. 50 figures, 7 tables

  2. The value of the apparent diffusion coefficient in MR diffusion weighted imaging for the differential diagnosis of sinonasal masses

    Objective: To investigate the diagnostic value of apparent diffusion coefficient in the evaluation of sinonasal masses. Methods: Sixty-seven sinonasal solid masses over 1 cm in diameter confirmed by pathology were retrospectively analyzed, all patients underwent preoperative routine MRI with DWI, the ADC values were measured in ROI within the solid mass. The patients were divided into benign and malignant groups by the histopathology, according to pathological findings, the patients were further divided into the hematolymphoid tumors, the malignancy of epithelium and mesenchymal tissue, the benign tumors of epithelial and mesenchymal tissue, and vasogenic masses. ANOVA test and t test were used to compare the ADC values of different groups. The receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) was constructed using various cut points of ADC for different parameters to confirm the diagnostic threshold value and evaluate the diagnostic efficacy. Results: All lesions were solitary. There were 22 malignant tumors, of which 6 lesions were hematolymphoid tumors and 16 lesions malignancy from epithelium and mesenchymal tissue. There were 45 benign tumors, of which 22 lesions were benign tumors from epithelium and mesenchymal tissue and 23 lesions vasogenic masses. The mean ADC value of malignant and benign masses was (0.88 ± 0.26) × 10-3 mm2/s and (1.54 ± 0.41) × 10-3 mm2/s respectively. There was statistically significant differences between them (t=6.897, P <0.01). The mean ADC value was(0.63 ± 0.10) × 10-3 mm2/s in hematolymphoid tumors,(0.97 ±0.24) × 10-3 mm2/s in malignancy from epithelium and mesenchymal tissue, (1.38 ± 0.23) × 10-3 mm2/s in benign tumors from epithelium and mesenchymal tissue,(1.68 ± 0.49) × 10-3 mm2/s in vasogenic masses respectively. There was statistically significant difference among all 4 groups(F=22.788, P<0.01), and the differences between any 2 groups were still statistically significant (P <0.05). The area under the ROC calculated

  3. The influence of restricted geometry of the diamagnetic nanoporous media on the 3He relaxation

    The spin kinetics of 3He in contact with diamagnetic samples of inverse SiO2 opals and LaF3 nanopowders is investigated experimentally. The experimental results testify that the nuclear magnetic relaxation of adsorbed 3He occurs through the modulation of dipole-dipole interactions by quantum movements in a 2D layer while the relaxation of liquid 3He occurs through a spin-diffusion to the adsorbed layer. It is shown that the restricted geometry of diamagnetic nanoporous media influences the 3He relaxation process.

  4. Understanding the apparent diffusivity of Sr-85 ion for MX-80 in different salinity condition at low dry density

    The apparent diffusivity of strontium-85 in the compacted MX-80 bentonite under different salinity conditions and dry densities was conducted were studied from the viewpoint of activation energy. Through in-diffusions experiments the effect of salinity on diffusion behavior of Sr-85 ions can also can be explained. As we know, Sr-90 is by product of the fission materials of nuclear wastes and should be manage properly. Sr-85 is radioactive isotope with the same chemical properties of Sr-90. Adsorption affects only non-steady-state diffusion while at the steady state (e.g., a constant concentration gradient between a constant source and a constant sink), there is no net uptake or release by adsorption, so adsorption has no effect on diffusion (Drever, James I., 1997). The changes in the basal spacing of bentonite as a function of salinity are needed to be observed by the X-ray diffraction method to understand the microstructure changes in diffusion pathways for Sr-85 in MX-80 bentonite. As we know, there could be three potential pathways for radionuclide diffusion in solution-saturated, compacted montmorillonite, i.e., pore water, external surfaces and the internal surface (interlayer spaces) of montmorillonite aggregates (Kozaki et al., 2008). So, it is important to understand the diffusion processes in term of apparent diffusivity of Sr-85 ions in different salinity concentration at low dry density of MX-80. Several parameters are needed in explaining the process such as dry density, activation energy, temperature dependence and concentration of the salinity solutions. (author)

  5. Heat capacity of 3He in aerogel

    The heat capacity of pure 3He in low density aerogel is measured at 22.5 bars. The superfluid response is simultaneously monitored with a torsional oscillator. A slightly rounded heat capacity peak, 65 μK in width, is observed at the 3He-aerogel superfluid transition, Tca. Subtracting the bulk 3He contribution, the heat capacity shows a Fermi-liquid form above Tca. We can fit the heat capacity attributed to superfluid within the aerogel with a rounded BCS form accounting for 0.30 of the nonbulk fluid in the aerogel, or by assuming a substantial reduction in the superfluid order parameter. Both approaches are consistent with earlier superfluid density measurements

  6. Progression of Emphysema Evaluated by MRI Using Hyperpolarized 3He (HP 3He) Measurements in Patients with Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (A1AT) Deficiency Compared with CT and Lung Function Tests

    Stavngaard, T.; Vejby Soegaard, L. (Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen Univ. Hospital Hvidovre, Hvidovre (Denmark)); Batz, M. (Inst. of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg Univ., Mainz (Germany)); Schreiber, L.M. (Dept. of Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology, Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Medical School, Mainz (Germany)); Dirksen, A. (Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, Gentofte Hospital, Univ. of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (Denmark))

    2009-11-15

    Background: The progression of emphysema is traditionally measured by pulmonary function test, with forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) being the most accepted and used measurement. However, FEV1 is insensitive in detecting mild/slow progression of emphysema because of low reproducibility as compared to yearly decline. Purpose: To investigate the progression of emphysema over a period of 2 years using diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized (HP) 3He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency. Material and Methods: Nine patients with severe A1AT deficiency were studied over a period of 2 years (baseline, year 1, and year 2) with HP 3He MRI using apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), lung function tests (FEV1 and carbon monoxide lung diffusion capacity [DL,CO]), and computed tomography (CT) using densitometric parameters (15th percentile density [CT-PD15] and relative area of emphysema below -910 HU [CT-RA-910]). Results: Seven patients were scanned three times, one patient two times, and one patient only at baseline. The mean increase in ADC values from first to last HP 3He MR scanning was 3.8% (0.014 cm2/s [SD 0.024 cm2/s]; not significant). The time trends for FEV1, DL,CO, CT-PD15, and CT-RA-910 were all statistically significant. We found a high correlation between ADC and DL,CO (P<0.001). Conclusion: This pilot study indicates the possible use of nonionizing HP 3He MRI for monitoring the progression of emphysema. However, in the future, larger studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results

  7. Progression of Emphysema Evaluated by MRI Using Hyperpolarized 3He (HP 3He Measurements in Patients with Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (A1AT) Deficiency Compared with CT and Lung Function Tests

    Background: The progression of emphysema is traditionally measured by pulmonary function test, with forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) being the most accepted and used measurement. However, FEV1 is insensitive in detecting mild/slow progression of emphysema because of low reproducibility as compared to yearly decline. Purpose: To investigate the progression of emphysema over a period of 2 years using diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized (HP) 3He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency. Material and Methods: Nine patients with severe A1AT deficiency were studied over a period of 2 years (baseline, year 1, and year 2) with HP 3He MRI using apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), lung function tests (FEV1 and carbon monoxide lung diffusion capacity [DL,CO]), and computed tomography (CT) using densitometric parameters (15th percentile density [CT-PD15] and relative area of emphysema below -910 HU [CT-RA-910]). Results: Seven patients were scanned three times, one patient two times, and one patient only at baseline. The mean increase in ADC values from first to last HP 3He MR scanning was 3.8% (0.014 cm2/s [SD 0.024 cm2/s]; not significant). The time trends for FEV1, DL,CO, CT-PD15, and CT-RA-910 were all statistically significant. We found a high correlation between ADC and DL,CO (P3He MRI for monitoring the progression of emphysema. However, in the future, larger studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results

  8. Quantum prewetting transitions in liquid 3He

    Multilayer 3He film growth on weak-binding alkali substrates is investigated with a non-local density functional theory. Although 3He wets all substrates, prewetting transitions are predicted to occur on cesium and potassium. Emphasis is put on the role played by the Fermi statistics. Prewetting critical temperatures are estimated. Continuous wetting at zero temperature is recovered with increasing strength of substrate potential. The heat capacity and the magnetization of the films exhibits steps associated with the occupation of two-dimensional (2D) Fermi discs. (authors). 24 refs., 4 figs

  9. Assessment and quantification of sources of variability in breast apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements at diffusion weighted imaging

    Giannotti, E., E-mail: ytteb84@hotmail.com [Breast Imaging Department, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Waugh, S., E-mail: shelley.waugh@nhs.net [Department of Medical Physics, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Department of Clinical Radiology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Priba, L., E-mail: lpriba@nhs.net [Department of Medical Physics, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Davis, Z., E-mail: zoedavis@doctors.org.uk [Breast Imaging Department, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Crowe, E., E-mail: e.crowe@nhs.net [Department of Clinical Radiology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Vinnicombe, S., E-mail: s.vinnicombe@dundee.ac.uk [Division of Imaging and Technology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Inter-scan errors have minimal contribution to ADC measurement variability. • Intra-observer measures of ADC values in breast cancer are excellent. • ADC measures in whole tumour are more reproducible than minimum ADC measures. • ADC measurement error is most influenced by multiple readers. - Abstract: Purpose: Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) measurements are increasingly used for assessing breast cancer response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy although little data exists on ADC measurement reproducibility. The purpose of this work was to investigate and characterise the magnitude of errors in ADC measures that may be encountered in such follow-up studies- namely scanner stability, scan–scan reproducibility, inter- and intra- observer measures and the most reproducible measurement of ADC. Methods: Institutional Review Board approval was obtained for the prospective study of healthy volunteers and written consent acquired for the retrospective study of patient images. All scanning was performed on a 3.0-T MRI scanner. Scanner stability was assessed using an ice-water phantom weekly for 12 weeks. Inter-scan repeatability was assessed across two scans of 10 healthy volunteers (26–61 years; mean: 44.7 years). Inter- and intra-reader analysis repeatability was measured in 52 carcinomas from clinical patients (29–70 years; mean: 50.0 years) by measuring the whole tumor ADC value on a single slice with maximum tumor diameter (ADC{sub S}) and the ADC value of a small region of interest (ROI) on the same slice (ADC{sub min}). Repeatability was assessed using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) and coefficients of repeatability (CoR). Results: Scanner stability contributed 6% error to phantom ADC measurements (0.071 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s; mean ADC = 1.089 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s). The measured scan-scan CoR in the volunteers was 0.122 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s, contributing an error of 8% to the mean measured values (ADC

  10. Assessment and quantification of sources of variability in breast apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements at diffusion weighted imaging

    Highlights: • Inter-scan errors have minimal contribution to ADC measurement variability. • Intra-observer measures of ADC values in breast cancer are excellent. • ADC measures in whole tumour are more reproducible than minimum ADC measures. • ADC measurement error is most influenced by multiple readers. - Abstract: Purpose: Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) measurements are increasingly used for assessing breast cancer response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy although little data exists on ADC measurement reproducibility. The purpose of this work was to investigate and characterise the magnitude of errors in ADC measures that may be encountered in such follow-up studies- namely scanner stability, scan–scan reproducibility, inter- and intra- observer measures and the most reproducible measurement of ADC. Methods: Institutional Review Board approval was obtained for the prospective study of healthy volunteers and written consent acquired for the retrospective study of patient images. All scanning was performed on a 3.0-T MRI scanner. Scanner stability was assessed using an ice-water phantom weekly for 12 weeks. Inter-scan repeatability was assessed across two scans of 10 healthy volunteers (26–61 years; mean: 44.7 years). Inter- and intra-reader analysis repeatability was measured in 52 carcinomas from clinical patients (29–70 years; mean: 50.0 years) by measuring the whole tumor ADC value on a single slice with maximum tumor diameter (ADCS) and the ADC value of a small region of interest (ROI) on the same slice (ADCmin). Repeatability was assessed using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) and coefficients of repeatability (CoR). Results: Scanner stability contributed 6% error to phantom ADC measurements (0.071 × 10−3 mm2/s; mean ADC = 1.089 × 10−3 mm2/s). The measured scan-scan CoR in the volunteers was 0.122 × 10−3 mm2/s, contributing an error of 8% to the mean measured values (ADCscan1 = 1.529 × 10−3 mm2/s; ADCscan2 = 1.507 × 10

  11. 3He-4He II mixtures

    A theoretical study of the thermodynamic and hydrodynamic properties of 3He-4He II mixtures at temperatures below 250 mK is described. A hydrodynamic model is set up which incorporates mutual friction between the two components. Results of an investigation into the quantitative calculation of the mutual friction are reported. 148 refs.; 34 figs.; 4 tabs

  12. Extraterrestrial 3He in marine polymetallic nodules: a potential method for measuring growth rate of nodules

    李延河; 宋鹤彬; 李金城

    2002-01-01

    The comparative measurements of helium isotope compositions between marine polymetallic nodules and their surrounding sediments, their magnetic fractions and bulk from C-C Zone of the East Pacific Basin are reported. The 4He content and 3He/4He ratio of polymetallic nodules and their surrounding sediments are extremely high; the 3He, 4He concentrations and most 3He/4He ratios of magnetic fractions in nodules and sediments are apparently higher than those in bulk. The helium isotope data points of nodules and sediments are all distributed along or closely to the mixing curve of the interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) and the terrigenous sediments in the chart of 3He-3He/4He. In the same sampling site, the 3He/4He ratios of nodules and their surrounding sediments are very similar, and the changes of both ratios are synchronous. It shows that the high 3He/4He ratios in nodules and sediments may all result from IDPs. So, if the flux of extraterrestrial 3He into the nodules and sediments is constant, the growth rate of polymetallic nodules and the sedimentation rate of sediments can be independently calculated according to the concentration of extraterrestrial 3He in nodules and sediments.

  13. Apparent diffusive motion of centrin foci in living cells: implications for diffusion-based motion in centriole duplication

    Rafelski, Susanne M.; Keller, Lani C.; Alberts, Jonathan B.; Marshall, Wallace F

    2011-01-01

    The degree to which diffusion contributes to positioning cellular structures is an open question. Here we investigate the question of whether diffusive motion of centrin granules would allow them to interact with the mother centriole. The role of centrin granules in centriole duplication remains unclear, but some proposed functions of these granules, for example in providing pre-assembled centriole subunits, or by acting as unstable “pre-centrioles” that need to be captured by the mother cent...

  14. NMR experiments on pure 3He and 3He-4He mixtures in silica aerogel

    We have carried out a series of NMR experiments on 4He systems filling the pores of silica aerogel with 95% porosity. The systems studied included 3He-4He mixtures with a wide range of 3He concentrations x3 as well as pure 3He. All experiments were conducted in an 8 T field and for temperatures T ≥ 6 mK. This resulted in strong spin polarization at the lowest temperatures (up to approximately 80%) for the localized layer observed for a pure 3He sample. For pure 3He, the magnetic behavior is dominated by the localized spins, which are found to constitute 6% of the sample. The coupled system of localized plus liquid spins displays rapid transverse magnetization relaxation with an anomalous temperature dependence. For intermediate x3 magnetization measurements provide a preliminary indication of the phase diagram of mixtures filling this porous material. The magnetization is hysteretic over some ranges of x3

  15. Investigation of a phantom for diffusion weighted imaging that controlled the apparent diffusion coefficient using gelatin and sucrose

    When studying diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), it is important to create a phantom that has a reliably controlled diffusion coefficient. In this study, we investigated phantoms to control both the diffusion coefficient and the T2-value by changing the concentration of gelatin or sucrose and MnCl2, respectively. The results showed that the diffusion coefficient decreased linearly with increases in the gelatin or sucrose concentration, and decreasing of their relaxation times was observed. By properly adjusting the MnCl2 concentrations, we were able to equalize the T2-values between phantoms having different gelatin or sucrose concentrations. Temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficient was also revealed. This phantom can be made stable for a few months by adding a small amount of NaN3 as an antiseptic agent, has a diffusion coefficient similar to that of neural tissue or clinical tumor, and is able to control the T2-value properly. We consider this phantom suitable for studying SE-type DWI and contributes to elucidation of this technique. (author)

  16. Orientationally invariant metrics of apparent compartment eccentricity from double pulsed field gradient diffusion experiments

    Jespersen, Sune Nørhøj; Lundell, Henrik; Sønderby, Casper Kaae;

    2013-01-01

    orientation dispersion when applied to macroscopically anisotropic systems. Here we propose a new framework, the d-PFG 5-design, to enable rotationally invariant estimation of double wave vector diffusion metrics (d-PFG). The method is based on the idea that an appropriate orientational average of the signal...... pairs of diffusion wave vectors (the d-PFG 5-design) facilitating a theoretically exact determination of the fourth order Taylor or cumulant expansion of the orientationally averaged signal. The d-PFG 5-design is evaluated with numerical simulations and ex vivo high field diffusion MRI experiments in a...... nonhuman primate brain. Specifically, we demonstrate rotational invariance when estimating compartment eccentricity, which we show offers new microstructural information, complementary to that of fractional anisotropy (FA) from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). The imaging observations are supported by a new...

  17. 3He Spin Filter for Neutrons

    Batz, M.; Baeßler, S.; Heil, W.; Otten, E. W.; Rudersdorf, D.; Schmiedeskamp, J.; Sobolev, Y.; Wolf, M.

    2005-01-01

    The strongly spin-dependent absorption of neutrons in nuclear spin-polarized 3He opens up the possibility of polarizing neutrons from reactors and spallation sources over the full kinematical range of cold, thermal and hot neutrons. This paper gives a report on the neutron spin filter (NSF) development program at Mainz. The polarization technique is based on direct optical pumping of metastable 3He atoms combined with a polarization preserving mechanical compression of the gas up to a pressure of several bar, necessary to run a NSF. The concept of a remote type of operation using detachable NSF cells is presented which requires long nuclear spin relaxation times of order 100 hours. A short survey of their use under experimental conditions, e.g. large solid-angle polarization analysis, is given. In neutron particle physics NSFs are used in precision measurements to test fundamental symmetry concepts.

  18. X-rays from pionic 3He

    Pionic X-ray energies, lorentzian widths, and relative intensities have been measured for the transitions in liquid 3He. The pion-nucleus interaction is found to result in an attractive shift of the 1s level of 27 +- 5 eV and in a lorentzian width of 65 +- 12 eV. The measured Ksub(β) to Ksub(α) intensity ratio is 1.05 +- 0.07. (Auth.)

  19. Size effects in superfluid 3He

    The superfluid density and transition temperature of 3He filling the pores of packed alumina powder have been measured by fourth sound. The measurements were performed simultaneously for three separate fourth sound resonators, each packed with a different nominal grain size of 1.0 μm. 0.3 μm and 0.05 μm. The bulk 3He superfluid transition temperature, which was determined independently, was compared to the transition temperature of each resonator. We observed a systematic depression for both the superfluid density and transition temperature as the powder size was decreased. The depressions in the transition temperature were compared with theoretical estimates of size dependent transition temperatures for the ideal geometry of an infinite cylinder. In the analysis the cylinder radius was replaced by defining an average radius of the pore structure which was empirically determined by nitrogen gas sorption and mercury intrusion techniques. The pressure dependence of the transition temperature depression is found to be consistent with theoretical estimates of the superfluid coherence length. The experimentally determined magnitude of the coherence length based on the pore structure analysis is in agreement with theoretical estimates, confirming that the coherence length of superfluid 3He is about two orders of magnitude larger than that of He II

  20. The apparent diffusion coefficient of water in gray and white matter of the infant brain

    Toft, P B; Leth, H; Peitersen, Birgit;

    1996-01-01

    at the basal ganglia level was investigated with the diffusion-encoding gradients in the slice-selection direction. RESULTS: On ADC maps, the corpus callosum and the optic radiations appeared dark before the onset of myelination, and the crus posterior of the internal capsule could be visualized...

  1. Coupling between Solid 3He on Aerogel and Superfluid 3He in the Low Temperature Limit

    We have cooled liquid 3He contained in a 98% open aerogel sample surrounded by bulk superfluid 3He-B at zero pressure to below 120 μK. The aerogel sample is placed in a quasiparticle blackbody radiator cooled by a Lancaster-style nuclear cooling stage to ∼200 μK. We monitor the temperature of the 3He inside the blackbody radiator using a vibrating wire resonator. We find that reducing the magnetic field on the aerogel sample causes substantial cooling of all the superfluid inside the blackbody radiator. We believe this is due to the demagnetization of the solid 3He layers on the aerogel strands. This system has potential for achieving extremely low temperatures in the confined fluid

  2. Apparent diffusion coefficients in GEC ESTRO target volumes for image guided adaptive brachytherapy of locally advanced cervical cancer

    Haack, Soeren (Dept. of Clinical Engineering, Aarhus Univ. Hospital (Denmark)), E-mail: Soeren.haack@stab.rm.dk; Morre Pedersen, Erik (Dept. of Radiology, Aarhus Sygehus, Aarhus Univ. Hospital (Denmark)); Jespersen, Sune N. (Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus Univ. Hospital (Denmark)); Kallehauge, Jesper F. (Dept. of Medical Physics, Aarhus Univ. Hospital (Denmark)); Lindegaard, Jacob Christian; Tanderup, Kari (Dept. of Oncology Aarhus Univ. Hospital (Denmark))

    2010-10-15

    Background and purpose. T2 weighted MRI is recommended for image guided adaptive brachytherapy (IGABT) in cervical cancer. Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and the derived apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) may add additional biological information on tumour cell density. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the distribution of the ADC within target volumes as recommended by GEC-ESTRO: Gross Tumour Volume at BT (GTVBT), High-Risk Clinical Tumour Volume (HR-CTV) and Intermediate-Risk Clinical Target Volume (IR-CTV) and to evaluate the change of diffusion between fractions of IGABT. Material and methods. Fifteen patients with locally advanced cervical cancer were examined by MRI before their first (BT1) and second (BT2) fraction of IGABT, resulting in a total of 30 MR examinations including both T2 weighted and DWI sequences. The Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) was calculated by use of three levels of b-values (0, 600, 1000 s/mm2). ADC maps were constructed and fused with the GEC ESTRO target contours. The mean ADC value within each target volume was calculated. Furthermore, volumes of low diffusion (ADClow) were defined based on an ADC threshold of 1.2 x 10-3 mm2/s, and overlap with target volumes was evaluated. Change of ADC level in target volumes and change of ADClow volume from BT1 to BT2 was also evaluated. Results. The mean ADC was significantly lower in GTVBT than in HR-CTV (p<0.001) which again was significantly lower than in IR-CTV (p<0.001). There was no significant change of the ADClow volume or ADC level within each target structure between BT1 and BT2 (p=0.242). All three GEC-ESTRO volumes contained volumes with low diffusion. The GTVBT contained 37.2% volume of low diffusion, HR-CTV 20.3% and IR-CTV 10.8%. Conclusion. With DWI we were able to find a significant difference in ADC-values for the three different GEC ESTRO targets. This supports the assumption that the target volumes used for dose prescription in IGABT contain tissues with

  3. The ground state energy of 3He droplet in the LOCV framework

    The (extended) lowest order constrained variational method was used to calculate the ground state energy of liquid helium 3 (3He) droplets at zero temperature. Different types of density distribution profiles, such as the Gaussian, the Quasi-Gaussian and the Woods-Saxon were used. It was shown that at least, on average, near 20 3He atoms are needed to get the bound state for 3He liquid droplet. Depending on the choice of the density profiles and the atomic radius of 3He, the above estimate can increase to 300. Our calculated ground state energy and the number of atoms in liquid 3He droplet were compared with those of Variational Monte Carlo method, Diffusion Monte Carlo method and Density Functional Theory, for which a reasonable agreement was found.

  4. Measurement of the apparent diffusion coefficient in paediatric mitochondrial encephalopathy cases and a comparison of parenchymal changes associated with the disease using follow-up diffusion coefficient measurements

    Objectives: To reveal the contribution of MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to the diagnosis of mitochondrial encephalopathy (ME) and to evaluate the parenchymal changes associated with this disease in the involved parenchymal areas using the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) parameter. Methods: Ten patients who had undergone MRI and DWI analysis with a pre-diagnosis of neurometabolic disease, and who were subsequently diagnosed with ME in laboratory and/or genetic studies, were included in our study. ADC values were compared with a control group composed of 20 patients of similar age with normal brains. Evaluations involved measurements made in 20 different areas determined on the ADC map. The dominance or contribution of ADC coefficient measurements to the conventional sequences was compared with the controls. Results: In the first examination, an increase in both diffusion and ADC values was detected in six cases and diffusion restriction and a decrease in ADC values in three patients. While an increase in both diffusion and ADC values was demonstrated in four cases, there was diffusion restriction and a decrease in ADC values in three cases in the control examinations. Conclusions: DWI provides information that complements conventional MRI sequences in the diagnosis of ME

  5. Measurement of the apparent diffusion coefficient in paediatric mitochondrial encephalopathy cases and a comparison of parenchymal changes associated with the disease using follow-up diffusion coefficient measurements

    Uysal, Fatma, E-mail: afatmauysal@gmail.com [Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Izmir (Turkey); Çakmakçı, Handan, E-mail: handan.cakmakci@deu.edu.tr [Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Izmir (Turkey); Yiş, Uluç, E-mail: ulucyis@deu.edu.tr [Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Izmir (Turkey); Ellidokuz, Hülya, E-mail: hulyaellidokuz@deu.edu.tr [Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Medical Statistics, Izmir (Turkey); Hız, Ayşe Semra, E-mail: aysesemrahiz@deu.edu.tr [Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Izmir (Turkey)

    2014-01-15

    Objectives: To reveal the contribution of MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to the diagnosis of mitochondrial encephalopathy (ME) and to evaluate the parenchymal changes associated with this disease in the involved parenchymal areas using the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) parameter. Methods: Ten patients who had undergone MRI and DWI analysis with a pre-diagnosis of neurometabolic disease, and who were subsequently diagnosed with ME in laboratory and/or genetic studies, were included in our study. ADC values were compared with a control group composed of 20 patients of similar age with normal brains. Evaluations involved measurements made in 20 different areas determined on the ADC map. The dominance or contribution of ADC coefficient measurements to the conventional sequences was compared with the controls. Results: In the first examination, an increase in both diffusion and ADC values was detected in six cases and diffusion restriction and a decrease in ADC values in three patients. While an increase in both diffusion and ADC values was demonstrated in four cases, there was diffusion restriction and a decrease in ADC values in three cases in the control examinations. Conclusions: DWI provides information that complements conventional MRI sequences in the diagnosis of ME.

  6. Coronal Diffusion-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Kidney: Agreement with Axial Diffusion-weighted Magnetic Imaging in Terms of Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Values

    Hai-Yi Wang; Jia Wang; Ye-Huan Tang; Hui-Yi Ye; Lin Ma

    2015-01-01

    Background:Coronal diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values have gradually become applied (following conventional axial DW-MRI) in the renal analysis.To explore whether data obtained using coronal DW-MRI are comparable with those derived using axial DW-MRI,this preliminary study sought to assess the agreement in renal ADC values between coronal DW-MRI and axial DW-MRI.Methods:Thirty-four healthy volunteers were enrolled in the study; written consents were obtained.All subjects underwent respiratory-triggered axial and coronal DW-MRI using a 1.5-MR system with b values of 0 and 800 s/mm2.The signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) of the two DW-MRI sequences were measured and statistically compared using the paired t-test.The extent of agreement of ADC values of the upper pole,mid-pole,and lower pole of the kidney; the mean ADC values of the left kidney and right kidney; and the mean ADC values of the bilateral kidneys were evaluated via calculation of intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) or Bland-Altman method between the two DW-MRI sequences.Results:The SNR of coronal DW-MR images was statistically inferior to that of axial DW-MR images (P < 0.001).The ICCs of the ADC values of each region of interest,and the mean ADC values of bilateral kidneys,between the two sequences,were greater than 0.5,and the mean ADCs of the bilateral kidneys demonstrated the highest ICC (0.869; 95% confidence interval:0.739-0.935).In addition,94.1% (32/34),94.1% (32/34),and 97.1% (31/34) of the ADC bias was inside the limits of agreement in terms of the mean ADC values of the left kidneys,right kidneys,and bilateral kidneys when coronal and axial DWI-MRI were compared.Conclusions:ADC values derived using coronal DW-MRI exhibited moderate-to-good agreement to those of axial DW-MRI,rendering the former an additional useful DW-MRI method,and causing the ADC values derived using the two types of DW-MRI to be comparable.

  7. Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations resolve apparent diffusion rate differences for proteins confined in nanochannels

    Tringe, J.W., E-mail: tringe2@llnl.gov [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA (United States); Ileri, N. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA (United States); Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA (United States); Levie, H.W. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA (United States); Stroeve, P.; Ustach, V.; Faller, R. [Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA (United States); Renaud, P. [Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, (EPFL) (Switzerland)

    2015-08-18

    Highlights: • WGA proteins in nanochannels modeled by Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo. • Protein surface coverage characterized by atomic force microscopy. • Models indicate transport characteristics depend strongly on surface coverage. • Results resolve of a four orders of magnitude difference in diffusion coefficient values. - Abstract: We use Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations to examine molecular transport phenomena in nanochannels, explaining four orders of magnitude difference in wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) protein diffusion rates observed by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and by direct imaging of fluorescently-labeled proteins. We first use the ESPResSo Molecular Dynamics code to estimate the surface transport distance for neutral and charged proteins. We then employ a Monte Carlo model to calculate the paths of protein molecules on surfaces and in the bulk liquid transport medium. Our results show that the transport characteristics depend strongly on the degree of molecular surface coverage. Atomic force microscope characterization of surfaces exposed to WGA proteins for 1000 s show large protein aggregates consistent with the predicted coverage. These calculations and experiments provide useful insight into the details of molecular motion in confined geometries.

  8. Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations resolve apparent diffusion rate differences for proteins confined in nanochannels

    Highlights: • WGA proteins in nanochannels modeled by Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo. • Protein surface coverage characterized by atomic force microscopy. • Models indicate transport characteristics depend strongly on surface coverage. • Results resolve of a four orders of magnitude difference in diffusion coefficient values. - Abstract: We use Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations to examine molecular transport phenomena in nanochannels, explaining four orders of magnitude difference in wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) protein diffusion rates observed by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and by direct imaging of fluorescently-labeled proteins. We first use the ESPResSo Molecular Dynamics code to estimate the surface transport distance for neutral and charged proteins. We then employ a Monte Carlo model to calculate the paths of protein molecules on surfaces and in the bulk liquid transport medium. Our results show that the transport characteristics depend strongly on the degree of molecular surface coverage. Atomic force microscope characterization of surfaces exposed to WGA proteins for 1000 s show large protein aggregates consistent with the predicted coverage. These calculations and experiments provide useful insight into the details of molecular motion in confined geometries

  9. Pion absorption in flight on 3He

    Pion absorption in flight on 3He has been measured in a kinematically complete manner. The experiment was done in the πE1-channel at the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research, SIN, using π+- and π--beams of 120 and 165 MeV kinetic energy. Two of the emitted particles were measured in coincidence and identified by their time-of-flight/pulseheight relation. The obtained two-dimensional energy representation enabled a separation of the different kinematical regions and exhibited a clear enhancement in the region of quasifree absorption, QFA. (orig./WL)

  10. 3He and 4f instable compounds

    The high localization of the 4f electron and the possibility of a weak delocalization through the coupling with the itinerant electrons lead to Fermi liquid properties. With the example of CeAl3, the main role of the coherence between the Ce is emphasized at low temperature. Thermal dilatation data show the transition from a regime of almost independent Kondo centers to a regime of coherent Kondo centers. The occurence of the superconductivity in the heavy fermion CeCu2Si2 is discussed and compared to the superfluidity of liquid 3He

  11. Comparison of apparent diffusion coefficient in spondylarthritis axial active inflammatory lesions and type 1 modic changes

    Objective: The goal of this study was to evaluate whether the values of ADC in spondylarthritis axial active inflammatory lesions are different from ADC values in type 1 Modic changes. Subjects and methods: 95 patients with recent lumbar pain, including 46 patients with diagnosed or suspected spondylarthritis and 49 patients with purely degenerative history, underwent spine MRI. T1w, STIR, and diffusion-weighted images (DWI) were obtained. Two musculoskeletal radiologists interpreted the images. Axial active inflammatory lesions from the SpA group and type 1 Modic changes from the degenerative group were identified on T1w and STIR sequences. ADC values from these lesions and from healthy subchondral bone were compared. Results: All axial active inflammatory lesions (n = 27) and type 1 Modic changes (n = 22) identified in T1w and STIR images were visible on DWI. ADC values were significantly higher (p < 0.05) for axial active inflammatory lesions (median = 0.788 × 10−3 mm2/s, IQR 25–75 [0.7 × 10−3 mm2/s; 0.9 × 10−3 mm2/s]) than for type 1 Modic changes (median = 0.585 × 10−3 mm2/s, IQR 25–75 [0.55 × 10−3 mm2/s; 0.60 × 10−3 mm2/s]) and normal subchondral bone (median = 0.443 × 10−3 mm2/s, IQR 25–75 [0.40 × 10−3 mm2/s; 0.50 × 10−3 mm2/s]). Intra-class correlation coefficients for intra- and inter-reader ADC values comparison were excellent (0.89 and 0.98 respectively). Conclusion: DWI is a sensitive and fast sequence that offer the possibility of quantifying diffusion coefficients of the lesions, which could help to discriminate between spondylarthritis axial active inflammatory and type 1 Modic changes

  12. A density functional for liquid 3He

    We present a density functional for the description of liquid 3He properties at zero temperture in a mean field approximation. Its basic ingredients are a zero-range, particle- and spin-density dependent effective interaction of Skyrme type, and a long-range effective interaction of Lennard-Jones type supplemented with a weighted density approximation similar to the one used in the study of classical fluids, to phenomenologically account for short range correlations. After fixing the value of its parameters, the functional yields a good desription of the equation of state and Landau parameters (spin symmetric and spin antisymmetric as well) from saturation to solidification densities. The zero sound propagation at finite momentum transfer is quantitatively reproduced up to the Fermi momentum, and qualitatively above it. The surface tension is in agreement with experiment, which makes the functional well suited for 3He drop calculations. We describe the structure of drops made of up to 516 atoms. As a novel application, we discuss the possible appearance of triplet pairing in a nl-shell of a drop applying the formalism to the 1j-shell holding up to 30 atoms from N=169 to 198. (orig.)

  13. Duoplasmatron source modifications for 3He+ operation

    A duoplasmatron ion source is used to produce 25 mA of 3He+ with a pulse width of ∼80ms at 360 Hz for acceleration to 10.5 MeV. At this energy, 3He striking water or carbon targets can produce short lived isotopes of 11C, 13N, 15O, and 18F for medical positron emission tomography (PET). A duoplasmatron ion source was chosen originally since it is capable of a sufficient singly charged helium beam with an acceptable gas consumption. Stable long-term operation of the source required a change in the filament material to molybdenum, and a careful understanding of the oxide filament conditioning, operation and geometry. Other improvements, particularly in the electronics, were helpful to increasing the reliability. The source has operated for many months at ∼2.5% duty factor without significant problems and with good stability. We report here the effort that was done to make this source understandable and reliable

  14. Analysis of the utility of diffusion-weighted MRI and apparent diffusion coefficient values in distinguishing central nervous system toxoplasmosis from lymphoma

    Schroeder, Paul C.; Donovan Post, M. Judith; Bruce-Gregorios, Jocelyn [University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL (United States); Oschatz, Elizabeth; Stadler, Alfred; Thurnher, Majda M. [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology Neuroradiology Section, Vienna (Austria)

    2006-10-15

    Toxoplasmosis and lymphoma are common lesions of the central nervous system in patients with AIDS. It is often difficult to distinguish between these lesions both clinically and radiographically. Previous research has demonstrated restricted diffusion within cerebral lymphomas and bacterial abscesses. However, little work has been done to evaluate the diffusion characteristics of toxoplasmosis lesions. This study was designed to explore further the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps and values in making the distinction between toxoplasmosis and lymphoma. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of 36 patients, including 22 with toxoplasmosis (all of whom had AIDS) and 14 with lymphoma (8 of whom had AIDS), at two institutions were reviewed retrospectively. The characteristics of the lesions on DWI were evaluated, and the ADC ratios of the lesions were calculated and compared. There was significant overlap of the ADC ratios of toxoplasma and lymphoma, most notably in the intermediate (1.0-1.6) range. There was variability in ADC ratios even among different lesions in the same patient. In only a minority of the lymphoma patients were the ADC ratios low enough to suggest the correct diagnosis. Our study showed that toxoplasmosis exhibits a wide spectrum of diffusion characteristics with ADC ratios which have significant overlap with those of lymphoma. Therefore, in the majority of patients, ADC ratios are not definitive in making the distinction between toxoplasmosis and lymphoma. (orig.)

  15. Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) as a quantitative parameter in diffusion weighted MR imaging in gynecologic cancer: Dependence on b-values used

    Background. Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) has gained interest as an imaging modality for assessment of tumor extension and response to cancer treatment. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of the choice of b-values on the calculation of the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) for locally advanced gynecological cancer and to estimate a stable interval of diffusion gradients that allows for best comparison of the ADC between patients and institutions. Material and methods. Six patients underwent a high resolution single shot EPI based DWI scan with 16 different diffusion gradients on a 3 Tesla Philips Achieva MR-scanner. Data analysis was performed by applying a monoexponential and a biexponential model to the acquired data. The biexponential function models the effect of both perfusion and diffusion. Results and conclusion. ADC changes of up to 40% were seen with the use of different b-values. Using a lower b-value = 150 s/mm2 and an upper b-value = 700 s/mm2 limited the variation to less that 10% from the reference ADC value. By eliminating the contribution of perfusion the uncertainty of quantitative ADC values were significantly reduced.

  16. Analysis of the utility of diffusion-weighted MRI and apparent diffusion coefficient values in distinguishing central nervous system toxoplasmosis from lymphoma

    Toxoplasmosis and lymphoma are common lesions of the central nervous system in patients with AIDS. It is often difficult to distinguish between these lesions both clinically and radiographically. Previous research has demonstrated restricted diffusion within cerebral lymphomas and bacterial abscesses. However, little work has been done to evaluate the diffusion characteristics of toxoplasmosis lesions. This study was designed to explore further the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps and values in making the distinction between toxoplasmosis and lymphoma. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of 36 patients, including 22 with toxoplasmosis (all of whom had AIDS) and 14 with lymphoma (8 of whom had AIDS), at two institutions were reviewed retrospectively. The characteristics of the lesions on DWI were evaluated, and the ADC ratios of the lesions were calculated and compared. There was significant overlap of the ADC ratios of toxoplasma and lymphoma, most notably in the intermediate (1.0-1.6) range. There was variability in ADC ratios even among different lesions in the same patient. In only a minority of the lymphoma patients were the ADC ratios low enough to suggest the correct diagnosis. Our study showed that toxoplasmosis exhibits a wide spectrum of diffusion characteristics with ADC ratios which have significant overlap with those of lymphoma. Therefore, in the majority of patients, ADC ratios are not definitive in making the distinction between toxoplasmosis and lymphoma. (orig.)

  17. The origin of a large apparent tortuosity factor for the Knudsen diffusion inside monoliths of a samaria-alumina aerogel catalyst: a diffusion NMR study.

    Mueller, R; Zhang, S; Klink, M; Bäumer, M; Vasenkov, S

    2015-11-01

    Pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR was applied to measure tortuosity factors for carbon dioxide diffusion in the Knudsen and gas regimes inside monoliths of a samaria-alumina aerogel catalyst, a high porosity material containing micropores in addition to meso- and macropores. The apparent tortuosity factor obtained from PFG NMR measurements for the Knudsen diffusion in the meso- and macropores of the catalyst has an unexpectedly large value of approximately 6 if carbon dioxide adsorption in the micropores and other types of surface adsorption sites of the catalyst is ignored. At the same time, the corresponding apparent tortuosity factor in the gas regime was found to be around 2. Application of a proposed model which describes fast molecular exchange between the surface adsorption sites and the main pore volume of the catalyst yields corrected tortuosity factors which depend only on the pore system geometry. Using this model, the corrected tortuosity factors were found to be around 2 for both diffusion regimes, in agreement with the expectations based on a high porosity of the studied catalyst. PMID:26426141

  18. Gene interference regulates aquaporin-4 expression in swollen tissue of rats with cerebral ischemic edema Correlation with variation in apparent diffusion coefficient

    Hui Hu; Hong Lu; Zhanping He; Xiangjun Han; Jing Chen; Rong Tu

    2012-01-01

    To investigate the effects of mRNA interference on aquaporin-4 expression in swollen tissue of rats with ischemic cerebral edema, and diagnose the significance of diffusion-weighted MRI, we injected 5 μL shRNA- aquaporin-4 (control group) or siRNA- aquaporin-4 solution (1:800) (RNA interference group) into the rat right basal ganglia immediately before occlusion of the middle cerebral artery. At 0.25 hours after occlusion of the middle cerebral artery, diffusion-weighted MRI displayed a high signal; within 2 hours, the relative apparent diffusion coefficient decreased markedly, aquaporin-4 expression increased rapidly, and intracellular edema was obviously aggravated; at 4 and 6 hours, the relative apparent diffusion coefficient slowly returned to control levels, aquaporin-4 expression slightly increased, and angioedema was observed. In the RNA interference group, during 0.25- 6 hours after injection of siRNA- aquaporin-4 solution, the relative apparent diffusion coefficient slightly fluctuated and aquaporin-4 expression was upregulated; during 0.5-4 hours, the relative apparent diffusion coefficient was significantly higher, while aquaporin-4 expression was significantly lower when compared with the control group, and intracellular edema was markedly reduced; at 0.25 and 6 hours, the relative apparent diffusion coefficient and aquaporin-4 expression were similar when compared with the control group; obvious angioedema remained at 6 hours. Pearson's correlation test results showed that aquaporin-4 expression was negatively correlated with the apparent diffusion coefficient (r = -0.806, P < 0.01). These findings suggest that upregulated aquaporin-4 expression is likely to be the main molecular mechanism of intracellular edema and may be the molecular basis for decreased relative apparent diffusion coefficient. Aquaporin-4 gene interference can effectively inhibit the upregulation of aquaporin-4 expression during the stage of intracellular edema with time

  19. Automatic Detection and Quantification of Acute Cerebral Infarct by Fuzzy Clustering and Histographic Characterization on Diffusion Weighted MR Imaging and Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Map

    Jang-Zern Tsai

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Determination of the volumes of acute cerebral infarct in the magnetic resonance imaging harbors prognostic values. However, semiautomatic method of segmentation is time-consuming and with high interrater variability. Using diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient map from patients with acute infarction in 10 days, we aimed to develop a fully automatic algorithm to measure infarct volume. It includes an unsupervised classification with fuzzy C-means clustering determination of the histographic distribution, defining self-adjusted intensity thresholds. The proposed method attained high agreement with the semiautomatic method, with similarity index 89.9 ± 6.5%, in detecting cerebral infarct lesions from 22 acute stroke patients. We demonstrated the accuracy of the proposed computer-assisted prompt segmentation method, which appeared promising to replace the laborious, time-consuming, and operator-dependent semiautomatic segmentation.

  20. Assessment of Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Values as Predictor of Aggressiveness in Peripheral Zone Prostate Cancer: Comparison with Gleason Score

    Purpose. To determine association between apparent diffusion coefficient value on diffusion-weighted imaging and Gleason score in patients with prostate cancer. Methods. This retrospective case series was conducted at Radiology Department of Aga Khan University between June 2009 and June 2011. 28 patients with biopsy-proven prostate cancer were included who underwent ultrasound guided sextant prostate biopsy and MRI. MRI images were analyzed on diagnostic console and regions of interest were drawn. Data were entered and analyzed on SPSS 20.0. ADC values were compared with Gleason score using one-way ANOVA test. Results. In 28 patients, 168 quadrants were biopsied and 106 quadrants were positive for malignancy. 89 lesions with proven malignancy showed diffusion restriction. The mean ADC value for disease with a Gleason score of 6 was 935 mm2/s (SD = 248.4 mm2/s); Gleason score of 7 was 837 mm2/s (SD = 208.5 mm2/s); Gleason score of 8 was 614 mm2/s (SD = 108 mm2/s); and Gleason score of 9 was 571 mm2/s (SD = 82 mm2/s). Inverse relationship was observed between Gleason score and mean ADC values. Conclusion. DWI and specifically quantitative ADC values may help differentiate between low-risk (Gleason score, 6), intermediate-risk (Gleason score, 7), and high-risk (Gleason score 8 and 9) prostate cancers, indirectly determining the aggressiveness of the disease

  1. Formation of 3He droplets in dilute 3He-4He solid solutions

    Huan, Chao; Candela, Don; Kim, Sung; Yin, Liang; Xia, Jiang-Sheng; Sullivan, Neil

    2015-03-01

    We review the different stages of the formation of 3He droplets in dilute solid 3He-4He solutions. The studies are interesting because the phase separation in isotopic helium mixtures is a first-order transition with a conserved order parameter. The rate of growth of the droplets as observed in NMR studies is compared with the rates expected for homogeneous nucleation followed by a period of coarsening known as Ostwald ripening. Work suported by the National Science Foundation - DMR-1303599 and DMR- 1157490 (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory).

  2. Reversal of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) following transient focal cerebral ischemia in cats

    To determine the minimal threshold ADC ratio suggesting reversible ischemia in a temporary model of MCAO. Seven Korean cats weighing 3-3.5 kg were used as a temporary model of MCAO. The MCA was occluded for 1 hour, and diffusion-weighted images (DWI), and ADC and regional cerebral blood volume (rCBV) maps, were obtained at 1, 3, 6 and 24 hours after reperfusion using a 1.5T MR unit. The Cats were sacrificed 24 hours after imaging. Triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining of brain slices was performed, and DWI images and TTC-stained brain slices were compared with the naked eye. Reversible ischemia was defined as the area of high signal intensity at 1-hour DWI that normalized at follow-up DWI and in which TTC staining was normal. Using the ADC image obtained at 1 hour after reperfusion, 60 ADC ratios were obtained in the periphery of the infarct and reversible ischemia. Tissue survival showing normal TTC staining was used for final determination. The sensitivity and specificity of each ADC ratio was obtained and an ROC curve was plotted. Five of seven cats showed the reversible ischemia. An area of high signal intensity was seen on DWI images obtained 1 hours after reperfusion, and this improved at follow-up imaging. The distribution of the ADC ratio in the periphery of the infarct core was 0.71-0.81, and in the periphery of reversible ischemia it was 0.79-0.93. The ADC ratio of 0.80 obtained 1 hr after reperfusion predicted the survival of the ischemic tissure with 93% sensitivity and 90% specificity. The ADC ratio of the reversible ischemia was 0.82 ±0.03 at 1 hour after reperfusion, and this was higher than that of the infarct, which was 0.74±0.03. The minimal threshold ADC ratio suggesting reversible ischemia in this temporary model of MCAO was 0.80

  3. Comparison of Dynamic and Liver-Specific Gadoxetic Acid Contrast-Enhanced MRI versus Apparent Diffusion Coefficients.

    John N Morelli

    Full Text Available Hepatic lesions often present diagnostic connundrums with conventional MR techniques. Hepatobiliary phase contrast-enhanced imaging with gadoxetic acid can aid in the characterization of such lesions. However, quantitative measures describing late-phase enhancement must be assessed relative to their accuracy of hepatic lesion classification.To compare quantitative parameters in gadoxetic acid contrast-enhanced dynamic and hepatobiliary phase imaging versus apparent diffusion coefficients in hepatic lesion characterization.57 patients with focal hepatic lesions on gadoxetic acid MR were included. Lesion enhancement at standard post-contrast time points and in the hepatobiliary phase (HB; 15 and 25 minutes post-contrast was assessed via calculation of contrast (CR and enhancement ratios (ER. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC values were also obtained. Values for these parameters were compared among lesions and ROC analyses performed.HB enhancement was greatest with FNH and adenomas. HB ER parameters but not HB CR could distinguish HCC from benign entities (0.9 ER ROC AUC versus 0.5 CR ROC AUC. There was no statistically significant difference found between the 15 and 25 minutes HB time points in detection of any lesion (p>0.4. ADC values were statistically significantly higher with hemangiomas (p<0.05 without greater accuracy in lesion detection relative to HB phase parameters.Hepatobiliary phase gadoxetic acid contrast-enhanced MR characterizes focal hepatic lesions more accurately than ADC and conventional dynamic post-contrast time point enhancement parameters. ER values are generally superior to CR. No discernible benefit of 25 minute versus 15 minute delayed imaging is demonstrated.

  4. Low temperature adsorption of 3He on silica aerogel surface and its influence on 3He spin kinetics

    Significant influence of the aerogel surface heterogeneity on the processes of 3He nuclear magnetic relaxation at temperatures 1.5 − 4.2 K is discovered. This influence appears, for instance, in differences of the 3He T1 relaxation times for small portion of 3He, adsorbed at different temperatures. Binding energy data of 3He and distributions of this energy in two types of aerogel were obtained experimentally. Adsorbed 3He molecules with binding energies 60 – 250 K play supreme role in processes of nuclear magnetic relaxation of gaseous and liquid 3He in aerogel.

  5. Can measurement of apparent diffusion coefficient before treatment predict the response to uterine artery embolization for adenomyosis?

    Park, Yaewon; Kim, Man Deuk; Jung, Dae Chul; Lee, Shin Jae; Kim, Gyoungmin; Park, Sung Il; Won, Jong Yun; Lee, Do Yun [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Severance Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-01

    To determine the usefulness of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in predicting response to uterine artery embolization (UAE) for symptomatic adenomyosis. A prospective study was performed on 25 patients who underwent diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before UAE between June 2011 and December 2012. All patients underwent 3-month follow-up MRI after UAE using non-spherical polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles ranging from 150 to 500 μm. Quantitative measurement of the ADC was performed for each adenomyosis. Complete response and incomplete response were defined as ≥90 % or <90 %, respectively, of the non-perfusion area with adenomyosis at the follow-up MRI. The ADC values were compared between patients who achieved complete or incomplete response which was assessed according to the MRI findings after UAE. Nineteen patients showed complete response, and six showed incomplete response. The ADC value ranged from 0.842 to 1.346 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s (mean 1.075 ± 0.117). The mean ADC was 1.043 ± 0.237 in the complete response group and 1.176 ± 0.429 in the incomplete response group (0.012). Using a threshold of <1.147 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, the sensitivity and specificity of the ADC to predict success after UAE were 83.3 % and 84.2 %. The ADC of adenomyosis may potentially predict a successful response to UAE for adenomyosis. (orig.)

  6. Can measurement of apparent diffusion coefficient before treatment predict the response to uterine artery embolization for adenomyosis?

    To determine the usefulness of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in predicting response to uterine artery embolization (UAE) for symptomatic adenomyosis. A prospective study was performed on 25 patients who underwent diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before UAE between June 2011 and December 2012. All patients underwent 3-month follow-up MRI after UAE using non-spherical polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles ranging from 150 to 500 μm. Quantitative measurement of the ADC was performed for each adenomyosis. Complete response and incomplete response were defined as ≥90 % or <90 %, respectively, of the non-perfusion area with adenomyosis at the follow-up MRI. The ADC values were compared between patients who achieved complete or incomplete response which was assessed according to the MRI findings after UAE. Nineteen patients showed complete response, and six showed incomplete response. The ADC value ranged from 0.842 to 1.346 x 10-3 mm2/s (mean 1.075 ± 0.117). The mean ADC was 1.043 ± 0.237 in the complete response group and 1.176 ± 0.429 in the incomplete response group (0.012). Using a threshold of <1.147 x 10-3 mm2/s, the sensitivity and specificity of the ADC to predict success after UAE were 83.3 % and 84.2 %. The ADC of adenomyosis may potentially predict a successful response to UAE for adenomyosis. (orig.)

  7. Critical opalescent light scattering from 3He

    The experimental work reported in this paper was stimulated by the widespread revival of interest in critical phenomena. In this experiment the authors measured the intensity of light scattered from 3He while very slowly warming the sample at constant pressure through the critical region. About 0.3 mW from a helium-neon laser was incident on the cell; cell temperature was recorded continuously, as was the light scattered at 45 degrees and 135 degrees. A succession of passes was made at different pressures, all less than c, so these results apply only in the one-phase region above the critical point. Sample density at the beginning of a pass began at ρ > c, then decreased as the sample warmed to ρ c. The scattering intensity increased monotonically as the molar density decreased toward the critical density, then decreased monotonically thereafter on that isobaric pass. The scattering maximum on each pass occurred at the temperature max where the isothermal compressibility was a maximum. The asymptotic divergence of T was evaluated along the locus of these maxima

  8. Efficiency of apparent diffusion coefficients in differentiation of colorectal tumor recurrences and posttherapeutical soft-tissue changes

    Nural, Mehmet Selim, E-mail: msnural@omu.edu.tr [Department of Radiology, Medical Faculty, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Samsun (Turkey); Danaci, Murat, E-mail: danacim55@yahoo.com [Department of Radiology, Medical Faculty, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Samsun (Turkey); Soyucok, Ahmet, E-mail: soyucokac@hotmail.com [Department of Radiology, Medical Faculty, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Samsun (Turkey); Okumus, Nilgun Ozbek, E-mail: 2121@omu.edu.tr [Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical Faculty, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Samsun (Turkey)

    2013-10-01

    Objective: To evaluate effectiveness of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values measured by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) in differentiation of colorectal tumor recurrences and posttherapeutical soft tissue changes. Methods: For this prospective study, 30 patients (22 males, 8 females; age range 30–81 years; mean age 61 ± 12 years) who underwent surgery for colorectal tumors and had a mass detected by computed tomography (CT) and/or MRI during follow-up examinations were divided into 2 groups [17 patients (Group 1) with recurrence and 13 patients (Group 2) with benign fibrosis/granulation tissue]. Final diagnoses were based on histopathological examination in 14 patients and clinical follow-up at least 6 months in the remaining 16. In the latter, the diagnosis of recurrence was made in cases in which the lesion was larger on follow-up CT and MRI; recurrence was ruled out in cases of stable or shrinking lesions without any increase in tumor markers. DW-MRI was performed in the axial plane, for two different b values (b = 0 and 800 s/mm{sup 2}). The mean apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values were measured by manual delineation of regions of interest on ADC maps. Results: The median ADC values were 1.07 × 10{sup −3} mm/s{sup 2} (min: 0.82, max: 2.05) and 1.91 × 10{sup −3} mm/s{sup 2} (min: 1.51, max: 2.22) in Groups 1 and 2, respectively. A statistically significant difference was detected between the two groups (P < 0.001). When the threshold value used to determine whether the lesions recurred was 1.48 × 10{sup −3} mm/s{sup 2} based on ROC analysis, the sensitivity was 82% and the specificity was 100%. There were three patients with a false-negative diagnosis, and the primary histopathological diagnosis of all was mucinous adenocarcinoma. Conclusions: Because recurrences in mucinous adenocarcinomas have high ADC values, they may show overlap with benign lesions. In the detection of the local recurrence of colorectal

  9. Initial Experience of 3-Tesla Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Values in Characterizing Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Head and Neck

    Background: With the increased clinical use of 3-Tesla (3T) magnets, it becomes important to identify the potential applications of advanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques such as diffusion-weighted imaging in head and neck pathologies. Purpose: To establish the 3T apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values for normal neck structures, and to examine the utility of ADC values in distinguishing head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) from normal neck anatomy. Material and Methods: 3T diffusion-weighted imaging was performed on 10 normal volunteers and 10 patients with known HNSCC. In the volunteers, mean ADC was calculated in the parotid gland, submandibular gland, base of the tongue, pterygoid muscle, masseter muscle, paraspinal muscles, true vocal cord, thyroid gland, thyroid cartilage, cricoid cartilage, and lymph nodes. The mean tumor ADC value was calculated from the 10 patients with HNSCC and compared with the normal ADC values from various neck structures. Results: The mean ADC value measured in the HNSCC was 1.101 (±0.214)x10-3mm2/s. This was significantly lower than ADC values of paraspinal muscles, pterygoid muscle, masseter muscle, thyroid gland, and base of the tongue (P=0.0006, 0.0002, 0.0001, 0.001, and 0.002, respectively). The tumor ADC values were not significantly different from ADC values of parotid and submandibular glands (P=0.057 and 0.14, respectively). Conclusion: 3T ADC values show potential for distinguishing HNSCC from normal extracranial head and neck structures

  10. Possibility of optically pumped 3He as an internal target

    A number of techniques can be listed for obtaining polarized 3He nuclei. This paper focuses only on direct optical pumping of 3He(3S1) with collisional transfer to 3He. A comprehensive review is not attempted. The basic aspects of the method are presented followed by a discussion of only the most recent work

  11. The relation between temperature and concentration gradients in superfluid sup 3 He- sup 4 He solutions

    Zadorozhko, A A; Rudavskij, E Y; Chagovets, V K; Sheshin, G A

    2003-01-01

    The temperature and concentration gradients nabla T and nabla x in a superfluid sup 3 He- sup 4 He mixture with an initial concentration 9,8 % of sup 3 He are measured in a temperature range 70-500 mK. The gradients are produced by a steady thermal flow with heating from below. It is shown that the value of nabla x/nabla T observed in the experiment is in good agreement with the theoretical model derived from the temperature and concentration dependences of osmotic pressure. The experimental data permitted us to obtain a thermal diffusion ratio of the solution responsible for the thermal diffusion coefficient.

  12. Assessment of treatment response by total tumor volume and global apparent diffusion coefficient using diffusion-weighted MRI in patients with metastatic bone disease: a feasibility study.

    Matthew D Blackledge

    Full Text Available We describe our semi-automatic segmentation of whole-body diffusion-weighted MRI (WBDWI using a Markov random field (MRF model to derive tumor total diffusion volume (tDV and associated global apparent diffusion coefficient (gADC; and demonstrate the feasibility of using these indices for assessing tumor burden and response to treatment in patients with bone metastases. WBDWI was performed on eleven patients diagnosed with bone metastases from breast and prostate cancers before and after anti-cancer therapies. Semi-automatic segmentation incorporating a MRF model was performed in all patients below the C4 vertebra by an experienced radiologist with over eight years of clinical experience in body DWI. Changes in tDV and gADC distributions were compared with overall response determined by all imaging, tumor markers and clinical findings at serial follow up. The segmentation technique was possible in all patients although erroneous volumes of interest were generated in one patient because of poor fat suppression in the pelvis, requiring manual correction. Responding patients showed a larger increase in gADC (median change = +0.18, range = -0.07 to +0.78 × 10(-3 mm2/s after treatment compared to non-responding patients (median change = -0.02, range = -0.10 to +0.05 × 10(-3 mm2/s, p = 0.05, Mann-Whitney test, whereas non-responding patients showed a significantly larger increase in tDV (median change = +26%, range = +3 to +284% compared to responding patients (median change = -50%, range = -85 to +27%, p = 0.02, Mann-Whitney test. Semi-automatic segmentation of WBDWI is feasible for metastatic bone disease in this pilot cohort of 11 patients, and could be used to quantify tumor total diffusion volume and median global ADC for assessing response to treatment.

  13. sup 3 He- sup 3 He dating: A case for mixing of young and old groundwaters

    Kamensky, I.L.; Tolstikhin, I.N. (Kola Science Center (Russian Federation)); Tokarev, I.V. (Leningrad Mining Inst., St. Petersburg (Russian Federation))

    1991-10-01

    {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He and {sup 20}Ne/{sup 4}He ratios were measured in shallow underground waters (opened by water-supplying wells) of the Large Vud-Javr intramountain artesian basin in the Khibiny alkaline massif, the Kola Peninsula. The ratios vary from 1.321 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} to 2.065 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} and from 1.412 to 2.941, respectively, and a well-defined correlation is observed between them. Both these ratios in aquifers are known to be time-dependent, the former increases with time due to accumulation of {sup 3}He, produced in waters by {sup 3}H {beta}-decay; the latter decreases due to migration of helium from water-bearing rocks into the waters. The correlation is interpreted as a result of the mixing of two different types of waters. The approximation line enables the authors to estimate the isotopic ratios for the endmembers participating in the mixing and the mean residence time ({tau}) of tritigenic helium-3 in the water: (1) {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He = 3.655 {times} 10{sup {minus}6}, {sup 20}Ne/{sup 4}He = 4.03, and taking into consideration {sup 3}H concentrations in the well waters, {sup 3}H = 31.1 TU (practically the same for all samples), {tau} = 15.8 {plus minus} 1.5 years for the young water; (2) {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He = 0.20 {times} 10{sup {minus}6}, {sup 20}Ne/{sup 4}He = 0.18 and T = 0.11 Ma for the old one, the contribution of the old water being less than 10%. In one well a considerable contribution of modern-day meteoric water, about 16%, is observed.

  14. Comparative Analysis of Signal Intensity and Apparent Diffusion Coefficient at Varying b-values in the Brain : Diffusion Weighted-Echo Planar Image (T2 and FLAIR) Sequence

    Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) has been demonstrated to be a practical method for the diagnosis of various brain diseases such as acute infarction, brain tumor, and white matter disease. In this study, we used two techniques to examine the average signal intensity (SI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of the brains of patients who ranged in age from 10 to 60 years. Our results indicated that the average SI was the highest in amygdala (as derived from DWI), whereas that in the cerebrospinal fluid was the lowest. The average ADC was the highest in the cerebrospinal fluid, whereas the lowest measurement was derived from the pons. The average SI and ADC were higher in T2-DW-EPI than in FLAIR-DW-EPI. The higher the b-value, the smaller the average difference in both imaging techniques; the lower the b-value, the greater the average difference. Also, comparative analysis of the brains of patients who had experienced cerebral infarction showed no distinct lesion in the general MR image over time. However, there was a high SI in apparent weighted images. Analysis of other brain diseases (e.g., bleeding, acute, subacute, chronic infarction) indicated SI variance in accordance with characteristics of the two techniques. The higher the SI, the lower the ADC. Taken together, the value of SI and ADC in accordance with frequently occurring areas and various brain disease varies based on the b-value and imaging technique. Because they provide additional useful information in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with various brain diseases through signal recognition, the proper imaging technique and b-value are important for the detection and interpretation of subacute stroke and other brain diseases.

  15. Acoustic and optical investigations of superfluid 3He. Doctoral thesis

    Manninen, A.

    1993-06-15

    The thesis is an experimental survey of properties of rotating and stationary superfluid (3)He. Two techniques, acoustics and optics, were used. Ultrasound, together with NMR, has provided most of the present experimental knowledge about the superfluid phases of (3)He. The author applied acoustics for the first time to study rotating (3)He. The main result was the discovery of a new vortex in (3)He-A when the magnetic field is low. New phenomena were observed in stationary (3)He as well. Most importantly, one of the collective modes, the real squashing (rsq) mode, of (3)He-B could be excited by means of two-phonon absorption. Superfluid (3)He was studied optically for the first time. No one has previously seen (3)He in the superfluid state. The principal achievement was developing techniques which facilitate optical experiments at temperatures below 1 mK, required to study superfluid (3)He. Optical fibers were used to transmit light between room temperature and the cold parts of the cryostat. Before these investigations, photography had not been done below 10 mK. The usefulness of optics as a proble of the superfluid phases of (3)He was demonstrated by studying the macroscopic shape of the free surface of rotating (3)He-B. The classical parabolic meniscus was observed, which is indicative of the equilibrium density of vortices.

  16. Influence of fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery on stroke apparent diffusion coefficient measurements and its clinical application

    Background and purpose: The application of a fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery pulse with a conventional diffusion-weighted MRI sequence (FLAIR DWI) decreases the partial volume effects from cerebrospinal fluid on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements. For this reason, FLAIR DWI may be more useful in the evaluation of ischemic stroke, but few studies have looked at the effect of FLAIR on ADC measurements in this setting. This study quantitatively compares FLAIR DWI and conventional DWI in ischemic stroke of varying ages to assess the potential advantages of this technique. Methods: We respectively analyzed 139 DWI studies in patients with ischemic stroke with and without FLAIR at varying time points ranging from hyperacute to chronic. ADC values were measured in each lesion, as well as in the contralateral normal side. Comparisons were made between the ADC values obtained from the DWI sequences with and without FLAIR for both the lesion and the normal contralateral side. Results: The ADC measurements within the ischemic lesion were very similar on FLAIR DWI and conventional DWI for lesions less than 14 days old (p > 0.05), but were significantly decreased on FLAIR DWI for lesions between 15 and 30 days old and in lesions >31 days old (chronic stage) (p < 0.01). The contralateral ADC values were all significantly decreased on the FLAIR DWI sequence compared with conventional DWI (p < 0.01). Conclusions: The application of an inversion pulse does not significantly affect the ADC values for early stage ischemic stroke (less than 14 days from symptom onset), but results in a more accurate relative ADC measurement by reducing the cerebrospinal fluid partial volume effects of the normal contralateral side. In addition, combined with the conventional DWI, FLAIR DWI may be helpful in determining the age of ischemic lesions.

  17. Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC value: a potential imaging biomarker that reflects the biological features of rectal cancer.

    Yiqun Sun

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: We elected to analyze the correlation between the pre-treatment apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC and the clinical, histological, and immunohistochemical status of rectal cancers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-nine rectal cancer patients who received surgical resection without neoadjuvant therapy were selected that underwent primary MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI. Tumor ADC values were determined and analyzed to identify any correlations between these values and pre-treatment CEA or CA19-9 levels, and/or the histological and immunohistochemical properties of the tumor. RESULTS: Inter-observer agreement of confidence levels from two separate observers was suitable for ADC measurement (k  =  0.775. The pre-treatment ADC values of different T stage tumors were not equal (p  =  0.003. The overall trend was that higher T stage values correlated with lower ADC values. ADC values were also significantly lower for the following conditions: tumors with the presence of extranodal tumor deposits (p  =  0.006 and tumors with CA19-9 levels ≥ 35 g/ml (p  =  0.006. There was a negative correlation between Ki-67 LI and the ADC value (r  =  -0.318, p  =  0.026 and between the AgNOR count and the ADC value (r  =  -0.310, p  =  0.030. CONCLUSION: Significant correlations were found between the pre-treatment ADC values and T stage, extranodal tumor deposits, CA19-9 levels, Ki-67 LI, and AgNOR counts in our study. Lower ADC values were associated with more aggressive tumor behavior. Therefore, the ADC value may represent a useful biomarker for assessing the biological features and possible relationship to the status of identified rectal cancers.

  18. Using the apparent diffusion coefficient to identifying MGMT promoter methylation status early in glioblastoma: importance of analytical method

    Rundle-Thiele, Dayle [Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Day, Bryan; Stringer, Brett [Brain Cancer Research Unit, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Fay, Michael [Department of Radiation Oncology, Royal Brisbane and Women' s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Martin, Jennifer [Discipline of Clinical Pharmacology, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales (Australia); Jeffree, Rosalind L [Department of Neurosurgery, Royal Brisbane and Women' s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Thomas, Paul [Queensland PET Service, Royal Brisbane and Women' s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Bell, Christopher [Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Salvado, Olivier [CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship, CSIRO, Herston, Queensland (Australia); Gal, Yaniv [Centre for Medical Diagnostic Technologies in Queensland, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Coulthard, Alan [Discipline of Medical Imaging, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland (Australia); Department of Medical Imaging, Royal Brisbane and Women' s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Crozier, Stuart [Centre for Medical Diagnostic Technologies in Queensland, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Rose, Stephen, E-mail: stephen.rose@csiro.au [CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship, CSIRO, Herston, Queensland (Australia); Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)

    2015-06-15

    Accurate knowledge of O{sup 6}-methylguanine methyltransferase (MGMT) gene promoter subtype in patients with glioblastoma (GBM) is important for treatment. However, this test is not always available. Pre-operative diffusion MRI (dMRI) can be used to probe tumour biology using the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC); however, its ability to act as a surrogate to predict MGMT status has shown mixed results. We investigated whether this was due to variations in the method used to analyse ADC. We undertook a retrospective study of 32 patients with GBM who had MGMT status measured. Matching pre-operative MRI data were used to calculate the ADC within contrast enhancing regions of tumour. The relationship between ADC and MGMT was examined using two published ADC methods. A strong trend between a measure of ‘minimum ADC’ and methylation status was seen. An elevated minimum ADC was more likely in the methylated compared to the unmethylated MGMT group (U = 56, P = 0.0561). In contrast, utilising a two-mixture model histogram approach, a significant reduction in mean measure of the ‘low ADC’ component within the histogram was associated with an MGMT promoter methylation subtype (P < 0.0246). This study shows that within the same patient cohort, the method selected to analyse ADC measures has a significant bearing on the use of that metric as a surrogate marker of MGMT status. Thus for dMRI data to be clinically useful, consistent methods of data analysis need to be established prior to establishing any relationship with genetic or epigenetic profiling.

  19. Using the apparent diffusion coefficient to identifying MGMT promoter methylation status early in glioblastoma: importance of analytical method

    Accurate knowledge of O6-methylguanine methyltransferase (MGMT) gene promoter subtype in patients with glioblastoma (GBM) is important for treatment. However, this test is not always available. Pre-operative diffusion MRI (dMRI) can be used to probe tumour biology using the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC); however, its ability to act as a surrogate to predict MGMT status has shown mixed results. We investigated whether this was due to variations in the method used to analyse ADC. We undertook a retrospective study of 32 patients with GBM who had MGMT status measured. Matching pre-operative MRI data were used to calculate the ADC within contrast enhancing regions of tumour. The relationship between ADC and MGMT was examined using two published ADC methods. A strong trend between a measure of ‘minimum ADC’ and methylation status was seen. An elevated minimum ADC was more likely in the methylated compared to the unmethylated MGMT group (U = 56, P = 0.0561). In contrast, utilising a two-mixture model histogram approach, a significant reduction in mean measure of the ‘low ADC’ component within the histogram was associated with an MGMT promoter methylation subtype (P < 0.0246). This study shows that within the same patient cohort, the method selected to analyse ADC measures has a significant bearing on the use of that metric as a surrogate marker of MGMT status. Thus for dMRI data to be clinically useful, consistent methods of data analysis need to be established prior to establishing any relationship with genetic or epigenetic profiling

  20. Intra- and interobserver variability of whole-tumour apparent diffusion coefficient measurements in nephroblastoma: a pilot study

    Littooij, Annemieke S. [University Medical Centre Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Humphries, Paul D. [Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom); University College London Hospital, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom); Olsen, Oeystein E. [Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom)

    2015-10-15

    The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) is potentially useful for assessing treatment response in nephroblastoma (Wilms tumour). However the precision of ADC measurements in these heterogeneous lesions is unknown. To assess intra- and interobserver variability of whole-tumour ADC measurements in viable parts of nephroblastomas at diagnosis and after preoperative chemotherapy. We included children with histopathologically proven nephroblastoma who had undergone MRI with diffusion-weighted imaging before and after preoperative chemotherapy. Three independent observers performed whole-tumour ADC measurements of all lesions, excluding non-enhancing areas. One observer evaluated all lesions on two occasions. We performed analyses using Bland-Altman plots and concordance correlation coefficient (CCC) calculations with 95% limits of agreement for median ADC, difference between pre- and post-chemotherapy median ADC (ADC shift) and percentage of pixels with ADC values <1.0 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s. In 22 lesions (13 pretreatment and 9 post-treatment) in 10 children the interobserver variability in median ADC and ADC shift were within the interval of approximately ±0.1 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s (limits of agreement for median ADC ranged -0.08-0.11 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s and for ADC-shift -0.11-0.09 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s). The interobserver variability for percentage of low-ADC pixels was larger and also biased. The calculated CCC confirmed good intra- and interobserver agreement (ρ-c ranging from 0.968 to 0.996). Measurements of whole-tumour ADC values excluding necrotic areas seem to be sufficiently precise for detection of chemotherapy-related change. (orig.)

  1. Role of diffusion-weighted imaging, apparent diffusion coefficient and correlation with hepatobiliary phase findings in the differentiation of hepatocellular carcinoma from dysplastic nodules in cirrhotic liver

    To investigate the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the correlation with hepatobiliary phase (delayed phase imaging, DPI) findings in the differentiation of cirrhotic hepatocellular nodules. Forty-three patients with 53 pathology-proven nodules (29 hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs), 13 high-grade (HGDNs) and 11 low-grade dysplastic nodules (LGDNs); mean size 2.17 cm, range 1-4 cm), who underwent liver MRI with DWI and DPI sequences, were retrospectively reviewed. Lesions were classified as hypointense, isointense, or hyperintense relative to the adjacent liver parenchyma. ADC of each nodule, of the surrounding parenchyma, and lesion-to-liver ratio were calculated. Hyperintensity versus iso/hypointensity on DWI, hypointensity versus iso/hyperintensity on DPI, and the mean lesion-to-liver ratio showed a statistically significant difference both between HCCs versus DNs and between ''HCCs + HGDNs'' versus LGDNs (p < 0.05); sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the diagnosis of ''HCCs + HGDNs'' were 96.8 %, 100 %, 97.4 % respectively when combining hyperintensity on DWI and hypointensity on DPI, and 90.9 %, 81.0 %, 83.6 % respectively when lesion-to-liver ratio was <0.95. Hyperintensity on DWI, especially in association with hypointensity on DPI, and low lesion-to-liver ratios should raise the suspicion of HCC, or at least of HGDN, thus helping the characterization of atypically enhancing lesions. (orig.)

  2. Apparent diffusion coefficient values of diffusion-weighted imaging for distinguishing focal pulmonary lesions and characterizing the subtype of lung cancer: a meta-analysis

    Shen, Guohua; Jia, Zhiyun; Deng, Houfu [Sichuan University, Department of Nuclear Medicine, West China Hospital, Chengdu, Sichuan (China)

    2016-02-15

    The potential performance of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values for distinguishing malignant and benign pulmonary lesions, further characterizing the subtype of lung cancer was assessed. PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, EBSCO, and three Chinese databases were searched to identify eligible studies on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) of focal pulmonary lesions. ADC values of malignant and benign lesions were extracted by lesion type and statistically pooled based on a linear mixed model. Further analysis for subtype of lung cancer was also performed. The methodological quality was assessed using the quality assessment of diagnostic accuracy studies tool. Thirty-four articles involving 2086 patients were included. Malignant pulmonary lesions have significantly lower ADC values than benign lesions [1.21 (95 % CI, 1.19-1.22) mm{sup 2}/s vs. 1.76 (95 % CI, 1.72-1.80) mm{sup 2}/s; P < 0.05]. There is a significant difference between ADC values of small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer (P < 0.05), while the differences were not significant among histological subtypes of lung cancer. The methodological quality was relatively high, and the data points from Begg's test indicated that there was probably no obvious publication bias. The ADC value is helpful for distinguishing malignant and benign pulmonary lesions and provides a promising method for differentiation of SCLC from NSCLC. (orig.)

  3. Patterns of accentuated grey-white differentiation on diffusion-weighted imaging or the apparent diffusion coefficient maps in comatose survivors after global brain injury

    Aim: To determine what disease entities show accentuated grey-white differentiation of the cerebral hemisphere on diffusion-weighted images (DWI) or apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps, and whether there is a correlation between the different patterns and the cause of the brain injury. Methods and materials: The DWI and ADC maps of 19 patients with global brain injury were reviewed and evaluated to investigate whether there was a correlation between the different patterns seen on the DWI and ADC maps and the cause of global brain injury. The ADC values were measured for quantitative analysis. Results: There were three different patterns of ADC decrease: a predominant ADC decrease in only the cerebral cortex (n = 8; pattern I); an ADC decrease in both the cerebral cortex and white matter (WM) and a predominant decrease in the WM (n = 9; pattern II); and a predominant ADC decrease in only the WM (n = 3; pattern III). Conclusion: Pattern I is cerebral cortical injury, suggesting cortical laminar necrosis in hypoxic brain injury. Pattern II is cerebral cortical and WM injury, frequently seen in brain death, while pattern 3 is mainly WM injury, especially found in hypoglycaemic brain injury. It is likely that pattern I is decorticate injury and pattern II is decerebrate injury in hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy.Patterns I and II are found in severe hypoxic brain injury, and pattern II is frequently shown in brain death, whereas pattern III was found in severe hypoglycaemic injury.

  4. Evaluation of true diffusion, perfusion factor, and apparent diffusion coefficient in non-necrotic liver metastases and uncomplicated liver hemangiomas using black-blood echo planar imaging

    Purpose: To assess the added value of true diffusion (D), perfusion factor (f) and apparent diffusion coefficient at low b-values (ADClow) for differentiation between liver metastases and hemangiomas based on respiratory-triggered high-resolution Black-Blood Single-Shot SpinEcho Echo Planar Imaging (BB SS SE-EPI). Materials and methods: Twenty-five patients suspected for malignant colorectal liver lesions were included in this study. A total of 106 lesions were examined. Different b-value images were compared for lesion conspicuity, image quality and artifacts using rank order statistic (RIDIT) and Student's t-test. D, f, and ADClow values were calculated. Pearson correlation coefficient is used for comparison of interobserver variability. Results: Best lesion conspicuity (p 2); best image quality (p 2. Image artifacts were lowest (p 2. Over the whole sample, D in metastases (Dmet) was significantly (p hem); f and ADClow of metastases (fmet, respectively, ADClowmet) were significantly (p low of hemangiomas (fhem, respectively, ADClowhem). All Pearson correlations were statistically significant at a 0.01 level. Conclusions: This preliminary study shows the potential of BB SS SE-EPI as a useful technique to aid in differentiating between liver metastasis and hemangioma. The calculation of D, f and ADClow provides useful additional information for differentiating metastases from hemangiomas

  5. Apparent diffusion coefficient values of diffusion-weighted imaging for distinguishing focal pulmonary lesions and characterizing the subtype of lung cancer: a meta-analysis

    The potential performance of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values for distinguishing malignant and benign pulmonary lesions, further characterizing the subtype of lung cancer was assessed. PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, EBSCO, and three Chinese databases were searched to identify eligible studies on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) of focal pulmonary lesions. ADC values of malignant and benign lesions were extracted by lesion type and statistically pooled based on a linear mixed model. Further analysis for subtype of lung cancer was also performed. The methodological quality was assessed using the quality assessment of diagnostic accuracy studies tool. Thirty-four articles involving 2086 patients were included. Malignant pulmonary lesions have significantly lower ADC values than benign lesions [1.21 (95 % CI, 1.19-1.22) mm2/s vs. 1.76 (95 % CI, 1.72-1.80) mm2/s; P < 0.05]. There is a significant difference between ADC values of small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer (P < 0.05), while the differences were not significant among histological subtypes of lung cancer. The methodological quality was relatively high, and the data points from Begg's test indicated that there was probably no obvious publication bias. The ADC value is helpful for distinguishing malignant and benign pulmonary lesions and provides a promising method for differentiation of SCLC from NSCLC. (orig.)

  6. Role of diffusion-weighted imaging, apparent diffusion coefficient and correlation with hepatobiliary phase findings in the differentiation of hepatocellular carcinoma from dysplastic nodules in cirrhotic liver

    Inchingolo, Riccardo; De Gaetano, Anna Maria; Curione, Davide; Ciresa, Marzia; Bonomo, Lorenzo [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Department of Bioimaging and Radiological Sciences, Institute of Radiology, ' ' Agostino Gemelli' ' Hospital, Rome (Italy); Miele, Luca; Pompili, Maurizio [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Department of Internal Medicine, ' ' Agostino Gemelli' ' Hospital, Rome (Italy); Vecchio, Fabio Maria [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Department of Anatomo-Pathology, ' ' Agostino Gemelli' ' Hospital, Rome (Italy); Giuliante, Felice [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Department of Surgery, ' ' Agostino Gemelli' ' Hospital, Rome (Italy)

    2015-04-01

    To investigate the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the correlation with hepatobiliary phase (delayed phase imaging, DPI) findings in the differentiation of cirrhotic hepatocellular nodules. Forty-three patients with 53 pathology-proven nodules (29 hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs), 13 high-grade (HGDNs) and 11 low-grade dysplastic nodules (LGDNs); mean size 2.17 cm, range 1-4 cm), who underwent liver MRI with DWI and DPI sequences, were retrospectively reviewed. Lesions were classified as hypointense, isointense, or hyperintense relative to the adjacent liver parenchyma. ADC of each nodule, of the surrounding parenchyma, and lesion-to-liver ratio were calculated. Hyperintensity versus iso/hypointensity on DWI, hypointensity versus iso/hyperintensity on DPI, and the mean lesion-to-liver ratio showed a statistically significant difference both between HCCs versus DNs and between ''HCCs + HGDNs'' versus LGDNs (p < 0.05); sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the diagnosis of ''HCCs + HGDNs'' were 96.8 %, 100 %, 97.4 % respectively when combining hyperintensity on DWI and hypointensity on DPI, and 90.9 %, 81.0 %, 83.6 % respectively when lesion-to-liver ratio was <0.95. Hyperintensity on DWI, especially in association with hypointensity on DPI, and low lesion-to-liver ratios should raise the suspicion of HCC, or at least of HGDN, thus helping the characterization of atypically enhancing lesions. (orig.)

  7. Improvised Levelset method for segmentation and grading of brain tumors in dynamic contrast susceptibility and apparent diffusion coefficient magnetic resonance images

    Vijayakumar Chinnadurai

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available A novel Neuro – level set algorithm is proposed and evaluated for simultaneous segmentation and grading of brain tumors. The algorithm utilizes vascular and cellular information provided by the reconstructed images of dynamic contrast susceptibility magnetic resonance images and apparent diffusion coefficient images. The reconstructed images are relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV image, time to peak (TTP image and percentage of base at peak (PBP image along with apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC maps. The proposed neural - levelset algorithm utilizes a neural block to provide the speed image for the levelset methods. In this study, two different architectures of levelset method have been implemented and their results are compared. The results show that the proposed Neuro- Levelset method performs better in differentiating the tumor, edema,necrosis in reconstructed images of dynamic contrast susceptibility magnetic resonance images and apparent diffusion coefficient MR images.

  8. Diffusion weighted imaging of the normal breast: reproducibility of apparent diffusion coefficient measurements and variation with menstrual cycle and menopausal status

    O' Flynn, Elizabeth A.M.; Morgan, Veronica A.; Giles, Sharon L. [Cancer Research UK and ESPSRC Cancer Imaging Centre, Clinical Magnetic Resonance Group, Surrey (United Kingdom); deSouza, Nandita M. [Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Clinical Magnetic Resonance Group, Institute of Cancer Research, Surrey (United Kingdom)

    2012-07-15

    To establish the reproducibility of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements in normal fibroglandular breast tissue and to assess variation in ADC values with phase of the menstrual cycle and menopausal status. Thirty-one volunteers (13 premenopausal, 18 postmenopausal) underwent magnetic resonance twice (interval 11-22 days) using diffusion-weighted MRI. ADC{sub total} and a perfusion-insensitive ADC{sub high} (omitting b = 0) were calculated. Reproducibility and inter-observer variability of mean ADC values were assessed. The difference in mean ADC values between the two phases of the menstrual cycle and the postmenopausal breast were evaluated. ADC{sub total} and ADC{sub high} showed good reproducibility (r% = 17.6, 22.4). ADC{sub high} showed very good inter-observer agreement (kappa = 0.83). The intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) were 0.93 and 0.91. Mean ADC values were significantly lower in the postmenopausal breast (ADC{sub total} 1.46 {+-} 0.3 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, ADC{sub high} 1.33 {+-} 0.3 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s) compared with the premenopausal breast (ADC{sub total} 1.84 {+-} 0.26 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, ADC{sub high} 1.77 {+-} 0.26 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s; both P < 0.001). No significant difference was seen in ADC values in relation to menstrual cycle (ADC{sub total} P = 0.2, ADC{sub high} P = 0.24) or between postmenopausal women taking or not taking oestrogen supplements (ADC{sub total} P = 0.6, ADC{sub high} P = 0.46). ADC values in fibroglandular breast tissue are reproducible. Lower ADC values within the postmenopausal breast may reduce diffusion-weighted contrast and have implications for accurately detecting tumours. (orig.)

  9. In Vitro Assessment of Factors Affecting the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient of Ramos Cells Using Bio-phantoms

    Sasaki,Takanori

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The roles of cell density, extracellular space, intracellular factors, and apoptosis induced by the molecularly targeted drug rituximab on the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC values were investigated using bio-phantoms. In these bio-phantoms, Ramos cells (a human Burkittセs lymphoma cell line were encapsulated in gellan gum. The ADC values decreased linearly with the increase in cell density, and declined steeply when the extracellular space became less than 4 μm. The analysis of ADC values after destruction of the cellular membrane by sonication indicated that approximately 65% of the ADC values of normal cells originate from the cell structures made of membranes and that the remaining 35% originate from intracellular components. Microparticles, defined as particles smaller than the normal cells, increased in number after rituximab treatments, migrated to the extracellular space and significantly decreased the ADC values of bio-phantoms during apoptosis. An in vitro study using bio-phantoms was conducted to quantitatively clarify the roles of cellular factors and of extracellular space in determining the ADC values yielded by tumor cells and the mechanism by which apoptosis changes those values.

  10. Enhancing tumor apparent diffusion coefficient histogram skewness stratifies the postoperative survival in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme patients undergoing salvage surgery.

    Zolal, Amir; Juratli, Tareq A; Linn, Jennifer; Podlesek, Dino; Sitoci Ficici, Kerim Hakan; Kitzler, Hagen H; Schackert, Gabriele; Sobottka, Stephan B; Rieger, Bernhard; Krex, Dietmar

    2016-05-01

    Objective To determine the value of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) histogram parameters for the prediction of individual survival in patients undergoing surgery for recurrent glioblastoma (GBM) in a retrospective cohort study. Methods Thirty-one patients who underwent surgery for first recurrence of a known GBM between 2008 and 2012 were included. The following parameters were collected: age, sex, enhancing tumor size, mean ADC, median ADC, ADC skewness, ADC kurtosis and fifth percentile of the ADC histogram, initial progression free survival (PFS), extent of second resection and further adjuvant treatment. The association of these parameters with survival and PFS after second surgery was analyzed using log-rank test and Cox regression. Results Using log-rank test, ADC histogram skewness of the enhancing tumor was significantly associated with both survival (p = 0.001) and PFS after second surgery (p = 0.005). Further parameters associated with prolonged survival after second surgery were: gross total resection at second surgery (p = 0.026), tumor size (0.040) and third surgery (p = 0.003). In the multivariate Cox analysis, ADC histogram skewness was shown to be an independent prognostic factor for survival after second surgery. Conclusion ADC histogram skewness of the enhancing lesion, enhancing lesion size, third surgery, as well as gross total resection have been shown to be associated with survival following the second surgery. ADC histogram skewness was an independent prognostic factor for survival in the multivariate analysis. PMID:26830088

  11. 3He charge form factors by nuclear recoil detection

    3He charge form factors were measured by observing the scattering reaction 3He(e,3He)e from square momentum transfers 0.885 to 3.20 fm-2. The results compare favorably with earlier electron scattering experiments. A model-independent determination of the radial charge density gives an rms radius of 1.877 +- 0.019 fm, in excellent agreement with previous radii determinations

  12. 3He Neutron Spin Filter cell development program at JCNS

    In order to produce high-quality 3He Neutron Spin Filters (NSF) with a high polarisation level, it is necessary to achieve a long 3He relaxation time by the reduction of the wall relaxation. This requires one to minimise the amount of impurities at the surface of the glass cells, and to have as few contaminants as possible in the gas filling system. In this report we describe the detailed procedure we employ to produce 3He cells using our newly built filling station. The obtained life times for a number of cells are practically approaching the fundamental limit imposed by the dipole-dipole interaction between 3He atoms.

  13. 3He functions in tokamak-pumped laser systems

    3He placed in an annular cell around a tokamak fusion generator can convert moderated fusion neutrons to energetic ions by the 3He(n,p)T reaction, and thereby excite gaseous lasants mixed with the 3He while simultaneously breeding tritium. The total 3He inventory is about 4 kg for large tokamak devices. Special configurations of toroidal-field magnets, neutron moderators and beryllium reflectors are required to permit nearly uniform neutron current into the laser cell with minimal attenuation. The annular laser radiation can be combined into a single output beam at the top of the tokamak

  14. Measurements of the 3He fusion product in TFTR

    The 0.8-MeV 3He ion created in the d(d,n)3He fusion reaction is confined in TFTR and can undergo d(3He,p)α fusion reactions. The time evolution, and profile of the 14.7-MeV proton emission indicates that collisional energy transfer with plasma electrons is the dominant process influencing the charged 3He fusion product for TFTR plasmas and that there is no observable anomalous transport. The magnitude of the burnup exceeds classical expectations by a factor-of-two-to-three which is a little beyond experimental uncertainties. 19 refs., 11 figs

  15. Polarization phenomena for low energy d + 3He collisions

    Polarization phenomena are studied for the reaction d + 3He → p + 4He (for Ed ≤ 1 MeV) using a formalism of partial amplitudes. The nuclei are considered as elementary particles with definite values of spin and P-parity. A general parametrization of the matrix element in terms of a limited number of partial amplitudes (for d + 3He-interaction in s - and p- states) is given and the expressions for all polarization observables are derived for the s-interaction. Relations between different polarization observables are derived and the conditions for maximizing the differential cross section of the process d + 3He → p + 4He are indicated. The spin structure of the matrix elements of the processes d + 3He → d +3He, d + 3He → n +p + 3He, d + 3He → p + p + 3H and d + 3He → d + d + p is established in the near-threshold region. (author)

  16. Three-body 3He photodisintegration in the Δ region

    Three-body 3He photodisintegration was measured in the photon energy range (Eγ) of 145--425 MeV. The total cross section for photon absorption on the np pairs in 3He, σ(3He(γ,np)psp), where psp is a spectator proton, is reported here for the first time. The Eγ dependence of the σ is found to scale to that of σ(2H(γ,np)), and the ratio is determined to be σ(3He(γ,np)psp)/σ(2H(γ,np))=1.24±0.,26

  17. Nuclear Overhauser Enhancement imaging of glioblastoma at 7 Tesla: region specific correlation with apparent diffusion coefficient and histology.

    Daniel Paech

    Full Text Available To explore the correlation between Nuclear Overhauser Enhancement (NOE-mediated signals and tumor cellularity in glioblastoma utilizing the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC and cell density from histologic specimens. NOE is one type of chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST that originates from mobile macromolecules such as proteins and might be associated with tumor cellularity via altered protein synthesis in proliferating cells.For 15 patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma, NOE-mediated CEST-contrast was acquired at 7 Tesla (asymmetric magnetization transfer ratio (MTRasym at 3.3ppm, B1 = 0.7 μT. Contrast enhanced T1 (CE-T1, T2 and diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI were acquired at 3 Tesla and coregistered. The T2 edema and the CE-T1 tumor were segmented. ADC and MTRasym values within both regions of interest were correlated voxelwise yielding the correlation coefficient rSpearman (rSp. In three patients who underwent stereotactic biopsy, cell density of 12 specimens per patient was correlated with corresponding MTRasym and ADC values of the biopsy site.Eight of 15 patients showed a weak or moderate positive correlation of MTRasym and ADC within the T2 edema (0.16≤rSp≤0.53, p0.05, n = 4 or yielded rSp≈0 (p0.05, n = 6. The biopsy-analysis within CE-T1 tumor revealed a strong positive correlation between tumor cellularity and MTRasym values in two of the three patients (rSppatient3 = 0.69 and rSppatient15 = 0.87, p<0.05, while the correlation of ADC and cellularity was heterogeneous (rSppatient3 = 0.545 (p = 0.067, rSppatient4 = -0.021 (p = 0.948, rSppatient15 = -0.755 (p = 0.005.NOE-imaging is a new contrast promising insight into pathophysiologic processes in glioblastoma regarding cell density and protein content, setting itself apart from DWI. Future studies might be based on the assumption that NOE-mediated CEST visualizes cellularity more accurately than ADC, especially in the CE-T1 tumor region.

  18. Evaluation of the normal-to-diseased apparent diffusion coefficient ratio as an indicator of prostate cancer aggressiveness

    We tested the feasibility of a simple method for assessment of prostate cancer (PCa) aggressiveness using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to calculate apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) ratios between prostate cancer and healthy prostatic tissue. The requirement for institutional review board approval was waived. A set of 20 standardized core transperineal saturation biopsy specimens served as the reference standard for placement of regions of interest on ADC maps in tumorous and normal prostatic tissue of 22 men with PCa (median Gleason score: 7; range, 6–9). A total of 128 positive sectors were included for evaluation. Two diagnostic ratios were computed between tumor ADCs and normal sector ADCs: the ADC peripheral ratio (the ratio between tumor ADC and normal peripheral zone tissue, ADC-PR), and the ADC central ratio (the ratio between tumor ADC and normal central zone tissue, ADC-CR). The performance of the two ratios in detecting high-risk tumor foci (Gleason 8 and 9) was assessed using the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC). Both ADC ratios presented significantly lower values in high-risk tumors (0.48 ± 0.13 for ADC-CR and 0.40 ± 0.09 for ADC-PR) compared with low-risk tumors (0.66 ± 0.17 for ADC-CR and 0.54 ± 0.09 for ADC-PR) (p < 0.001) and had better diagnostic performance (ADC-CR AUC = 0.77, sensitivity = 82.2%, specificity = 66.7% and ADC-PR AUC = 0.90, sensitivity = 93.7%, specificity = 80%) than stand-alone tumor ADCs (AUC of 0.75, sensitivity = 72.7%, specificity = 70.6%) for identifying high-risk lesions. The ADC ratio as an intrapatient-normalized diagnostic tool may be better in detecting high-grade lesions compared with analysis based on tumor ADCs alone, and may reduce the rate of biopsies

  19. Improving malignancy prediction in breast lesions with the combination of apparent diffusion coefficient and dynamic contrast-enhanced kinetic descriptors

    Aim: To assess how the joint use of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and kinetic parameters (uptake phase and delayed enhancement characteristics) from dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) can boost the ability to predict breast lesion malignancy. Materials and methods: Breast magnetic resonance examinations including DCE and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) were performed on 51 women. The association between kinetic parameters and ADC were evaluated and compared between lesion types. Models with binary outcome of malignancy were studied using generalized estimating equations (GEE), (GEE), and using kinetic parameters and ADC values as malignancy predictors. Model accuracy was assessed using the corrected maximum quasi-likelihood under the independence confidence criterion (QICC). Predicted probability of malignancy was estimated for the best model. Results: ADC values were significantly associated with kinetic parameters: medium and rapid uptake phase (p<0.001) and plateau and washout curve types (p=0.004). Comparison between lesion type showed significant differences for ADC (p=0.001), early phase (p<0.001), and curve type (p<0.001). The predicted probabilities of malignancy for the first ADC quartile (≤1.17×10−3 mm2/s) and persistent, plateau and washout curves, were 54.6%, 86.9%, and 97.8%, respectively, and for the third ADC quartile (≥1.51×10−3 mm2/s) were 3.2%, 15.5%, and 54.8%, respectively. The predicted probability of malignancy was less than 5% for 18.8% of the lesions and greater than 33% for 50.7% of the lesions (24/35 lesions, corresponding to a malignancy rate of 68.6%). Conclusion: The best malignancy predictors were low ADCs and washout curves. ADC and kinetic parameters provide differentiated information on the microenvironment of the lesion, with joint models displaying improved predictive performance. -- Highlights: •ADC and kinetic parameters provide diverse information regarding lesion environment. •The best predictors of

  20. FDG PET/CT and diffusion-weighted imaging for breast cancer: prognostic value of maximum standardized uptake values and apparent diffusion coefficient values of the primary lesion

    Nakajo, Masatoyo [Nanpuh Hospital, Department of Radiology, Kagoshima (Japan); Kagoshima University, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima (Japan); Kajiya, Yoriko; Tani, Atsushi; Ueno, Masako [Nanpuh Hospital, Department of Radiology, Kagoshima (Japan); Kaneko, Tomoyo; Kaneko, Youichi [Kaneko Clinic, Department of Breast Surgery, Kagoshima (Japan); Takasaki, Takashi [Department of Pathology, Clinical Pathology Laboratory, Kagoshima (Japan); Koriyama, Chihaya [Kagoshima University, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima (Japan); Nakajo, Masayuki [Kagoshima University, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima (Japan)

    2010-11-15

    To correlate both primary lesion {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) with clinicopathological prognostic factors and compare the prognostic value of these indexes in breast cancer. The study population consisted of 44 patients with 44 breast cancers visible on both preoperative FDG PET/CT and DWI images. The breast cancers included 9 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and 35 invasive ductal carcinomas (IDC). The relationships between both SUVmax and ADC and clinicopathological prognostic factors were evaluated by univariate and multivariate regression analysis and the degree of correlation was determined by Spearman's rank test. The patients were divided into a better prognosis group (n = 24) and a worse prognosis group (n = 20) based upon invasiveness (DCIS or IDC) and upon their prognostic group (good, moderate or poor) determined from the modified Nottingham prognostic index. Their prognostic values were examined by receiver operating characteristic analysis. Both SUVmax and ADC were significantly associated (p<0.05) with histological grade (independently), nodal status and vascular invasion. Significant associations were also noted between SUVmax and tumour size (independently), oestrogen receptor status and human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 status, and between ADC and invasiveness. SUVmax and ADC were negatively correlated ({rho}=-0.486, p = 0.001) and positively and negatively associated with increasing of histological grade, respectively. The threshold values for predicting a worse prognosis were {>=}4.2 for SUVmax (with a sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 80%, 75% and 77%, respectively) and {<=}0.98 for ADC (with a sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 90%, 67% and 77%, respectively). SUVmax and ADC correlated with several of pathological prognostic factors and both indexes may have the same potential for predicting the

  1. Diffusion weighted imaging of liver lesions suspect for metastases: Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values and lesion contrast are independent from Gd-EOB-DTPA administration

    Purpose: Gadolinium ethoxybenzyl diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA) enhanced liver MRI is widely used for detection and differentiation of focal liver lesions. Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) including apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements is increasingly utilised as a fast and, with limitations, quantitative method for liver lesion detection and characterisation. Herein we investigate whether the administration of Gd-EOB-DTPA affects DWI. Materials and methods: 31 consecutive patients referred to standardised liver MRI (1.5 T, Gd-EOB-DTPA, 0.025 mmol/kg) were retrospectively reviewed. All underwent a breathhold DWI sequence before and after contrast agent administration (EPI-DWI, TR/TE (effective): 2100/62 ms, b-values: 0 and 800 s/mm2). Patients with previously treated liver lesions were excluded. Signal intensity of lesion, parenchyma and noise on DWI images as well as the ADC value were measured after identification by two observers in consensus using manually placed regions of interest. The reference standard was imaging follow-up determined separately by two radiologists. Data analysis included signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) calculations, comparisons were drawn by employing multiple Bonferroni corrected Wilcoxon signed-rank tests. Results: 50 malignant and 39 benign lesions were identified. Neither SNR, CNR nor ADC values showed significant differences between pre- and postcontrast DWI. Both pre- and postcontrast ADC values differed significantly between benign and malignant lesions (P < 0.001). Conclusion: We did not identify a significant influence of Gd-EOB-DTPA on DWI of liver lesions. This allows for individual tailoring of imaging protocols according to clinical needs.

  2. Prognostic value of diffusion-weighted imaging summation scores or apparent diffusion coefficient maps in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

    Cavalleri, Francesca; Todeschini, Alessandra [Azienda Unita Sanitaria Locale di Modena, Neuroradiology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Nuovo Ospedale Civile S. Agostino Estense di Modena, Modena (Italy); Lugli, Licia; Pugliese, Marisa; Della Casa, Elisa; Gallo, Claudio; Frassoldati, Rossella; Ferrari, Fabrizio [Modena University Hospital, Institute of Pediatrics and Neonatal Medicine and NICU, Modena (Italy); D' Amico, Roberto [University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Medicine and Public Health, Modena (Italy)

    2014-09-15

    The diagnostic and prognostic assessment of newborn infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) comprises, among other tools, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. To compare the ability of DWI and ADC maps in newborns with HIE to predict the neurodevelopmental outcome at 2 years of age. Thirty-four term newborns with HIE admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Modena University Hospital from 2004 to 2008 were consecutively enrolled in the study. All newborns received EEG, conventional MRI and DWI within the first week of life. DWI was analyzed by means of summation (S) score and regional ADC measurements. Neurodevelopmental outcome was assessed with a standard 1-4 scale and the Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales - Revised (GMDS-R). When the outcome was evaluated with a standard 1-4 scale, the DWI S scores showed very high area under the curve (AUC) (0.89) whereas regional ADC measurements in specific subregions had relatively modest predictive value. The lentiform nucleus was the region with the highest AUC (0.78). When GMDS-R were considered, DWI S scores were good to excellent predictors for some GMDS-R subscales. The predictive value of ADC measurements was both region- and subscale-specific. In particular, ADC measurements in some regions (basal ganglia, white matter or rolandic cortex) were excellent predictors for specific GMDS-R with AUCs up to 0.93. DWI S scores showed the highest prognostic value for the neurological outcome at 2 years of age. Regional ADC measurements in specific subregions proved to be highly prognostic for specific neurodevelopmental outcomes. (orig.)

  3. Prognostic value of diffusion-weighted imaging summation scores or apparent diffusion coefficient maps in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

    The diagnostic and prognostic assessment of newborn infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) comprises, among other tools, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. To compare the ability of DWI and ADC maps in newborns with HIE to predict the neurodevelopmental outcome at 2 years of age. Thirty-four term newborns with HIE admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Modena University Hospital from 2004 to 2008 were consecutively enrolled in the study. All newborns received EEG, conventional MRI and DWI within the first week of life. DWI was analyzed by means of summation (S) score and regional ADC measurements. Neurodevelopmental outcome was assessed with a standard 1-4 scale and the Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales - Revised (GMDS-R). When the outcome was evaluated with a standard 1-4 scale, the DWI S scores showed very high area under the curve (AUC) (0.89) whereas regional ADC measurements in specific subregions had relatively modest predictive value. The lentiform nucleus was the region with the highest AUC (0.78). When GMDS-R were considered, DWI S scores were good to excellent predictors for some GMDS-R subscales. The predictive value of ADC measurements was both region- and subscale-specific. In particular, ADC measurements in some regions (basal ganglia, white matter or rolandic cortex) were excellent predictors for specific GMDS-R with AUCs up to 0.93. DWI S scores showed the highest prognostic value for the neurological outcome at 2 years of age. Regional ADC measurements in specific subregions proved to be highly prognostic for specific neurodevelopmental outcomes. (orig.)

  4. Quantitative {sup 1}H and hyperpolarized {sup 3}He magnetic resonance imaging: Comparison in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and healthy never-smokers

    Owrangi, Amir M., E-mail: aowrangi@robats.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Wang, Jian X., E-mail: jxwang@robats.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Applied Science Laboratories, General Electric Healthcare (Canada); Wheatley, Andrew, E-mail: awheat@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); McCormack, David G., E-mail: David.Mccormack@lhsc.on.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Parraga, Grace, E-mail: gparraga@robats.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Department of Medical Imaging, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada)

    2014-01-15

    Objective: The aim of this study was to quantitatively evaluate the relationship between short echo time pulmonary {sup 1}H magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal intensity (SI) and {sup 3}He MRI apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC), high-resolution computed tomography (CT) measurements of emphysema, and pulmonary function measurements. Materials and methods: Nine healthy never-smokers and 11 COPD subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, short echo time ((TE) = 1.2 ms) {sup 1}H and diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized {sup 3}He MRI (b = 1.6 s/cm{sup 2}) at 3.0 T. In addition, for COPD subjects only, CT densitometry was also performed. Results: Mean {sup 1}H SI was significantly greater for never-smokers (12.1 ± 1.1 arbitrary units (AU)) compared to COPD subjects (10.9 ± 1.3 AU, p = 0.04). The {sup 1}H SI AP-gradient was also significantly greater for never-smokers (0.40 AU/cm, R{sup 2} = 0.94) compared to COPD subjects (0.29 AU/cm, R{sup 2} = 0.968, p = 0.05). There was a significant correlation between {sup 1}H SI and {sup 3}He ADC (r = −0.58, p = 0.008) and significant correlations between {sup 1}H MR SI and CT measurements of emphysema (RA{sub 950}, r = −0.69, p = 0.02 and HU{sub 15}, r = 0.66, p = 0.03). Conclusions: The significant and moderately strong relationship between {sup 1}H SI and {sup 3}He ADC, as well as between {sup 1}H SI and CT measurements of emphysema suggests that these imaging methods and measurements may be quantifying similar tissue changes in COPD and that pulmonary {sup 1}H SI may be used to monitor emphysema as a complement to CT and noble gas MRI.

  5. Quantitative 1H and hyperpolarized 3He magnetic resonance imaging: Comparison in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and healthy never-smokers

    Objective: The aim of this study was to quantitatively evaluate the relationship between short echo time pulmonary 1H magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal intensity (SI) and 3He MRI apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC), high-resolution computed tomography (CT) measurements of emphysema, and pulmonary function measurements. Materials and methods: Nine healthy never-smokers and 11 COPD subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, short echo time ((TE) = 1.2 ms) 1H and diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized 3He MRI (b = 1.6 s/cm2) at 3.0 T. In addition, for COPD subjects only, CT densitometry was also performed. Results: Mean 1H SI was significantly greater for never-smokers (12.1 ± 1.1 arbitrary units (AU)) compared to COPD subjects (10.9 ± 1.3 AU, p = 0.04). The 1H SI AP-gradient was also significantly greater for never-smokers (0.40 AU/cm, R2 = 0.94) compared to COPD subjects (0.29 AU/cm, R2 = 0.968, p = 0.05). There was a significant correlation between 1H SI and 3He ADC (r = −0.58, p = 0.008) and significant correlations between 1H MR SI and CT measurements of emphysema (RA950, r = −0.69, p = 0.02 and HU15, r = 0.66, p = 0.03). Conclusions: The significant and moderately strong relationship between 1H SI and 3He ADC, as well as between 1H SI and CT measurements of emphysema suggests that these imaging methods and measurements may be quantifying similar tissue changes in COPD and that pulmonary 1H SI may be used to monitor emphysema as a complement to CT and noble gas MRI

  6. Diagnostic accuracy of apparent diffusion coefficient and 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine for differentiation of multiple system atrophy and Parkinson's disease.

    Atsushi Umemura

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: It is often hard to differentiate Parkinson's disease (PD and parkinsonian variant of multiple system atrophy (MSA-P, especially in the early stages. Cardiac sympathetic denervation and putaminal rarefaction are specific findings for PD and MSA-P, respectively. PURPOSE: We investigated diagnostic accuracy of putaminal apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC test for MSA-P and (123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG scintigram for PD, especially in early-stage patients. METHODS: The referral standard diagnosis of PD and MSA-P were the diagnostic criteria of the United Kingdom Parkinson's Disease Society Brain Bank Criteria and the second consensus criteria, respectively. Based on the referral standard criteria, diagnostic accuracy [area under the receiver-operator characteristic curve (AUC, sensitivity and specificity] of the ADC and MIBG tests was estimated retrospectively. Diagnostic accuracy of these tests performed within 3 years of symptom onset was also investigated. RESULTS: ADC and MIBG tests were performed on 138 patients (20 MSA and 118 PD. AUC was 0.95 and 0.83 for the ADC and MIBG tests, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity were 85.0% and 89.0% for MSA-P diagnosis by ADC test and 67.0% and 80.0% for PD diagnosis by MIBG test. When these tests were restricted to patients with disease duration ≤ 3 years, the sensitivity and specificity were 75.0% and 91.4% for the ADC test (MSA-P diagnosis and 47.7% and 92.3% for the MIBG test (PD diagnosis. CONCLUSIONS: Both tests were useful in differentiating between PD and MSA-P, even in the early stages. In early-stage patients, elevated putaminal ADC was a diagnostic marker for MSA-P. Despite high specificity of the MIBG test, careful neurological history and examinations were required for PD diagnosis because of possible false-negative results.

  7. Peritumoral apparent diffusion coefficients for prediction of lymphovascular invasion in clinically node-negative invasive breast cancer

    Mori, Naoko; Mugikura, Shunji; Takasawa, Chiaki; Shimauchi, Akiko; Ota, Hideki; Takase, Kei; Takahashi, Shoki [Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Sendai (Japan); Miyashita, Minoru; Ishida, Takanori [Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Surgical Oncology, Sendai (Japan); Kasajima, Atsuko [Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Sendai (Japan); Kodama, Tetsuya [Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Sendai (Japan)

    2016-02-15

    To evaluate whether visual assessment of T2-weighted imaging (T2WI) or an apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) could predict lymphovascular invasion (LVI) status in cases with clinically node-negative invasive breast cancer. One hundred and thirty-six patients with 136 lesions underwent MRI. Visual assessment of T2WI, tumour-ADC, peritumoral maximum-ADC and the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio (the ratio between them) were compared with LVI status of surgical specimens. No significant relationship was found between LVI and T2WI. Tumour-ADC was significantly lower in the LVI-positive (n = 77, 896 ± 148 x 10{sup -6} mm{sup 2}/s) than the LVI-negative group (n = 59, 1002 ± 163 x 10{sup -6} mm{sup 2}/s; p < 0.0001). Peritumoral maximum-ADC was significantly higher in the LVI-positive (1805 ± 355 x 10{sup -6} mm{sup 2}/s) than the LVI-negative group (1625 ± 346 x 10{sup -6} mm{sup 2}/s; p = 0.0003). Peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was significantly higher in the LVI-positive (2.05 ± 0.46) than the LVI-negative group (1.65 ± 0.40; p < 0.0001). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis revealed that the area under the curve (AUC) of the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was the highest (0.81). The most effective threshold for the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was 1.84, and the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were 77 % (59/77), 76 % (45/59), 81 % (59/73) and 71 % (45/63), respectively. We suggest that the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio can assist in predicting LVI status on preoperative imaging. (orig.)

  8. Peritumoral apparent diffusion coefficients for prediction of lymphovascular invasion in clinically node-negative invasive breast cancer

    To evaluate whether visual assessment of T2-weighted imaging (T2WI) or an apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) could predict lymphovascular invasion (LVI) status in cases with clinically node-negative invasive breast cancer. One hundred and thirty-six patients with 136 lesions underwent MRI. Visual assessment of T2WI, tumour-ADC, peritumoral maximum-ADC and the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio (the ratio between them) were compared with LVI status of surgical specimens. No significant relationship was found between LVI and T2WI. Tumour-ADC was significantly lower in the LVI-positive (n = 77, 896 ± 148 x 10-6 mm2/s) than the LVI-negative group (n = 59, 1002 ± 163 x 10-6 mm2/s; p < 0.0001). Peritumoral maximum-ADC was significantly higher in the LVI-positive (1805 ± 355 x 10-6 mm2/s) than the LVI-negative group (1625 ± 346 x 10-6 mm2/s; p = 0.0003). Peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was significantly higher in the LVI-positive (2.05 ± 0.46) than the LVI-negative group (1.65 ± 0.40; p < 0.0001). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis revealed that the area under the curve (AUC) of the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was the highest (0.81). The most effective threshold for the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was 1.84, and the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were 77 % (59/77), 76 % (45/59), 81 % (59/73) and 71 % (45/63), respectively. We suggest that the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio can assist in predicting LVI status on preoperative imaging. (orig.)

  9. Transport properties of spin polarized /sup 3/He-/sup 4/He mixtures

    Hampson, T.M.M.; Bowley, R.M.; Brugel, D.; McHale, G.

    1988-12-01

    We have calculated the viscosity, thermal conductivity, and longitudinal spin diffusion coefficient in /sup 3/He-/sup 4/He mixtures which are spin polarized. The calculation applies to all temperature regimes. We have also calculated the Onsager cross coefficient which arises because of the coupling between heat and longitudinal spin currents. The interaction between /sup 3/He quasiparticles is taken to be a constant as a first approximation. We have also investigated the changes brought about by allowing the interaction to vary with the momentum of the quasiparticle.

  10. Usefulness of Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging for Breast Lesions: Comparing the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) Values and the Pathologic Results

    We wanted to evaluate the ability of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values to differentiate between benign and malignant breast lesions and the normal breast parenchyma. We used breast MRI, including DWI, to obtain images of 167 breast lesions (18 benign lesions and 149 malignant lesions) of 152 women (mean age: 48.6 years, range: 24-80 years). The mean ADC values of the malignant lesions were compared to those of the benign lesions and the normal parenchyma. We compared the ADC values of IDC, DCIS and other types of breast cancer and we also compared the ADC values with the nuclear grade of IDC. The mean ADC values of the malignant lesions were lower than those of the benign lesions and the normal parenchyma (p-3 mm2/s for discriminating between malignant and benign lesion showed a specificity of 53% and a sensitivity of 100%, and the ADC threshold value of 1.33 X 10-3 mm2/s showed a specificity of 93% and a sensitivity of 94% for discriminating between malignant and benign lesion.

  11. Role of the apparent diffusion coefficient measurement by diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of Fasciola hepatica in the liver

    The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic role of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurement in the diagnosis of focal parenchymal lesions and to understand the discriminating role of the ADC value for differentiating Fasciola lesions from other focal liver lesions. We measured ADC values of parenchymal lesions and liver parenchyma in 18 patients with Fasciola hepatica infestation at b 100, b 600, and b 1000 s/mm2 gradients. We further measured average ADC values of hepatic metastases (n=21), hepatocellular carcinomas (n=21), cholangiocarcinomas (n=7), hydatid cysts (n=12), and focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) (n=12) and compared them with average ADC values for Fasciola hepatica. The differences between average ADC values of lesions (2.16±0.36 x 10-3 mm2/s) and parenchyma (1.64±0.2 x 10-3 mm2/s) at three gradients were statistically significant (P<0.05). Mean ADC values of Fasciola hepatica lesions were significantly different from most of the other focal hepatic lesions, except FNH at all gradients and hydatid cyst at only the b 100 gradient. ADC measurement may be a complementary method in the diagnosis of Fasciola hepatica, and it may be used to differentiate these lesions from other focal liver lesions. (author)

  12. Study of diffusion phenomenon using an experimental magnetic resonance system (SIS 200/400) for small animals. Reliability and apparent diffusion coefficient of normal animals

    We have developed a magnetic resonance (MR) spin echo method to obtain diffusion weighted imaging using motion probing gradient (MPG) pulses in orthogonal direction before and after a 180 degree pulse. Phantom models containing water, acetone, cupric sulfate and agar, and normal brains of Wistar rats and puppies were examined. MRI was performed using a SISCO SIS 200/400 MRI/MRS experimental system for small animals (4.7 tesla, 400 mm bore). The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values, given in mm2/sec, were 2.19±0.02 x 10-3 in water, 4.51±0. 18 x 10-3 in acetone, and the ADC of water was independent on longitudinal (T1) or transverse (T2) relaxation time. Time-dependent ADC changes were not demonstrated, however position-dependent ADC changes were significant. It is therefore important to set the sample at the same position for repeated MRI studies and for the evaluation of the time course of experimental studies. Mean ADC values of rat brains were 0.65 x 10-3 for cortex, 0.69 x 10-3 for caudate-putamen, 0.69 x 10-3 (perpendicular to axon) for corpus callosum, 1.11 x 10-3 (parallel to axon) for optic nerve, and 1.38 x 10-3 (parallel to axon) for trigeminal nerve. Those of puppies were 1.14- 1.42 x 10-3 for gray matter, 1.17 (parallel to axon) and 0.89 (perpendicular to axon) x 10-3 for white matter, 1.66 (parallel to axon) and 0.57 (perpendicular to axon) x 10-3 for internal capsule, and 0.91-0.95 x 10-3 for thalamus. On the in vivo ADC maps, white matter tracts successfully showed anisotropic diffusion. This technique has promising implications for the evaluation of the time course of cerebral damage and degenerative changes. (author)

  13. Model formalism of liquid 3He-B at equilibrium

    The approximate formal treatment of the nuclear spin system of normal liquid 3He given some time ago is extended to the ordered 3He phase. The formalism leads to the prediction of normal thermal behavior of 3He-B at lower pressures and at temperatures approaching its phase-boundary temperatures. In contrast to the disordered normal liquid phase, which is thermally anomalous, the entropy of the 3He-B decreases on isothermal compression, or its isobaric volume expansion coefficient is positive. The equilibrium thermal behavior of ordered 3He-B is thus qualitatively different from that of disordered liquid 3He. Experimental control of these aspects of the liquid 3He phase transformation is lacking at the present time. Both early and new 3He-B paramagnetic susceptibility data, extended recently over a wide reduced-temperature range, disclose a fundamental competition between the spontaneous ordering mechanism responsible for the existence of 3He-B and the specific ordering process imposed upon this phase on application of an external constant and uniform magnetic field. As a consequence, magnetized 3He-B will be shown to increase its entropy on isothermal magnetization and to cool on adiabatic magnetization. The magnetocaloric effect is, however, only moderate. The competition of the ordering process leads to the delay or possibly even to the suppression of the formation of the ordered phase, a state of affairs foreseen in our earlier work. At low or moderate magnetic field strengths, the zero-field phase-boundary temperatures are shown to shift toward lower temperatures while, simultaneously, the order of the phase change decreases, from second order, in the absence of the field, to first order. Although of model-theoretic character, involving limitations of various types, the rich physical content of 3He-B at equilibrium clearly emerges in the present work

  14. magnetic resonance of 3He nuclei in porous media

    The data on 3He spin kinetics in porous media above the Fermi temperature of 3He are summarized. Presented results are obtained in Kazan Federal University in last ten years and are the base of developing method of helium porometry. Guidelines for investigation of samples with unknown pore sizes and superficial their properties are proposed

  15. 3He(3H,γ)6Li

    The authors have calculated the 3He(3H,γ)6Li reaction rate at big bang temperatures based on a microscopic study in the framework of the Generator Coordinate Method. It is discussed whether 6Li could be made by 3He + 3H fusion in the early epoch of our universe

  16. Some new NMR effects in superfluid 3He--A

    Longitudinal and transverse satellite lines have been observed by CW techniques in superfluid 3He-A under a variety of experimental conditions. A new metastable mode has been observed in superfluid 3He-A using pulsed NMR techniques. The frequency shift of this mode is related to the frequency shift of the transverse satellite line

  17. Ions Preheated in 3He-Rich Solar Particle Events

    王德焴

    2003-01-01

    A wave-particle resonance absorption model in the two-ion plasma is suggested in explanation to the coronal ions preheating in 3He-rich solar particle events. It is found that 3He and Fe ions are preferably preheated by the ion-ion hybrid waves at their fundamental and second harmonic ion cyclotron frequencies, respectively.

  18. Feasibility study of a sup 3 He-magnetometer for neutron electric dipole moment experiments

    Borisov, Y; Leduc, M; Lobashev, V; Otten, E W; Sobolev, Y

    2000-01-01

    We report on a sup 3 He-magnetometer capable of detecting tiny magnetic field fluctuations of less than 10 sup - sup 1 sup 4 T in experiments for measuring the electric dipole moment (EDM) of the neutron. It is based on the Ramsey technique of separated oscillating fields and uses nuclear spin-polarized sup 3 He gas which is stored in two vessels of V approx =10 l in a sandwich-type arrangement around the storage bottle for ultra-cold neutrons (UCN). The gas is polarized by means of optical pumping in a separate, small discharge cell at pressures around 0.5 mbar and is then expanded into the actual magnetometer volume. To detect the polarization of sup 3 He gas at the end of the storage cycle the gas is pumped out by means of an oil-diffusion pump and compressed again into the discharge cell where optical detection of nuclear polarization is used.

  19. Pulsed NMR experiments in superfluid 3He confined in aerogel

    Pulsed NMR experiments have been performed in both B and supercooled A phases of superfluid 3He in aerogel. Dependencies of spin precession frequency on tipping angle in B-phase of superfluid 3He in aerogel are found to be different for pure 3He and for the cell preplated with 4He. A sharp increase of the frequency for tipping angles greater than 104 deg. was observed in low temperature superfluid phase of 3He in 4He preplated aerogel as it is expected for the B-phase structure of the order parameter. Dependencies of the frequency on the tipping angle in supercooled A-phase are similar for both pure 3He and 4He preplated aerogel

  20. Degassing of 3H/3He, CFCs and SF6 by denitrification: measurements and two-phase transport simulations.

    Visser, Ate; Schaap, Joris D; Broers, Hans Peter; Bierkens, Marc F P

    2009-01-26

    The production of N2 gas by denitrification may lead to the appearance of a gas phase below the water table prohibiting the conservative transport of tracer gases required for groundwater dating. We used a two-phase flow and transport model (STOMP) to study the reliability of 3H/3He, CFCs and SF6 as groundwater age tracers under agricultural land where denitrification causes degassing. We were able to reproduce the amount of degassing (R2=69%), as well as the 3H (R2=79%) and 3He (R2=76%) concentrations observed in a 3H/3He data set using simple 2D models. We found that the TDG correction of the 3H/3He age overestimated the control 3He/3He age by 2.1 years, due to the accumulation of 3He in the gas phase. The total uncertainty of degassed 3H/3He ages of 6 years (+/-2 sigma) is due to the correction of degassed 3He using the TDG method, but also due to the travel time in the unsaturated zone and the diffusion of bomb peak 3He. CFCs appear to be subject to significant degradation in anoxic groundwater and SF6 is highly susceptible to degassing. We conclude that 3H/3He is the most reliable method to date degassed groundwater and that two-phase flow models such as STOMP are useful tools to assist in the interpretation of degassed groundwater age tracer data. PMID:19042054

  1. Experimental hypoxic-ischemic brain damage comparison research of apparent diffusion coefficients, proton MR-spectroscopy and pathologic study

    Objective: To compare the apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC), proton MR spectroscopy (1H-MRS) and pathologic changes in young pigs subjected to acute hypoxic-ischemic brain damage (HIBD). Methods: Thirty 7-day-old neonatal pigs were divided into sham-operation group (n=5) and hypoxic-ischemic group (n=25). HI group was divided into five small groups. ADC value, NAA/Cho, NAA/Cr, Lac/NAA, Lac/Cho and Lac/Cr were calculated on cessation of the insult, 3, 6, 12 and 24 h after resuscitation in subcortical white matter, periventricular white matter and basal ganglia. Immediately after MR examinations, injury of the brains was evaluated by hematoxylin-eosin-stained and histopathologic study. Results: The hypoxic-ischemic piglets showed ADC (3.69±1.45) reduction, NAA/Cho (0.712± 0.080) and NAA/Cr(1.040±0.137) decrease, Lac/NAA(1.798±0.139), Lac/Cho(1.280±0.167) and Lac/Cr(1.876±0.357)increase on cessation of the insult; transient ADC, Lac/NAA, Lac/Cho and Lac/Cr recovery, NAA/Cho progressive decrease (P0.05) flora 3 h to 12 h after resuscitation; secondary ADC (4.06±1.25)reduction, Lac/NAA (1.221±0.128), Lac/Cho (0.716±0.088) and Lac/Cr (1.212±0.177) increase 24 hours after resuscitation. Corresponding pathologic study revealed astrocytes gradually swelled and collapsed after resuscitation, while neurons changed mildly. The control piglets showed normal ADC, H-MRS and pathologic investigations. Conclusions: ADC value and 1H-MRS can sensitively detect lesions of early HIBD. NAA/Cho has the highest correlation with the pathological changes of early HIBD and is superior to ADC value and the other metabolite ratios in evaluating early HIBD. (authors)

  2. The diagnostic value of diffusion-weighted imaging and the apparent diffusion coefficient values in the differentiation of benign and malignant breast lesions

    The goal of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in the differentiation of benign and malignant breast lesions. Between June 2012 and March 2013, 60 patients with 63 lesions (age range 29-70 years, mean age 48.6 years) were included in our study. All lesions, except complicated cysts and intra-mammary lymph nodes, were confirmed histopathologically. The patients were evaluated with a 1.5 Tesla MR scanner using dedicated bilateral breast coil. DWI images were obtained by echo planar imaging sequence and 'b' values were selected as 200, 600 and 1000 s/mm2. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of both breast lesions and the normal fibroglandular tissue of the contralateral breast were calculated and statistically compared using Shapiro-Wilk test, Student's t-test, Mann-Whitney U test, chi-square test and the receiver operating curve. Of 63 lesions, 22 were malignant and 41 were benign. In malignant lesions, the mean ADC values were 1.40 ± 0.41 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 200, 1.05 ± 0.28 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 600 and 0.91 ± 0.20 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 1000 and in benign lesions, the mean ADC values were 2.13 ± 0.85 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 200, 1.64 ± 0.47 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 600 and 1.40 ± 0.43 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 1000. The success of ADC values in differentiation of benign and malignant lesions was statistically significant (P = 0.0001). The threshold values were determined to be 1.50 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 200, 1.22 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 600 and 0.98 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 1000 (P < 0.05). DWI can be an effective radiological method in the differentiation of benign and malignant breast lesions.

  3. Usefulness of Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging for Breast Lesions: Comparing the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) Values and the Pathologic Results

    Ahn, Hye Shin; Chang, Yun Woo; Choi, Kyung Hee; Kim, Hyun Joo; Hong, Seong Suk; Hwang, Jung Hwa; Kwon, Kui Hyang [Dept.of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yong Bae [Dept. of Preventive Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-04-15

    We wanted to evaluate the ability of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values to differentiate between benign and malignant breast lesions and the normal breast parenchyma. We used breast MRI, including DWI, to obtain images of 167 breast lesions (18 benign lesions and 149 malignant lesions) of 152 women (mean age: 48.6 years, range: 24-80 years). The mean ADC values of the malignant lesions were compared to those of the benign lesions and the normal parenchyma. We compared the ADC values of IDC, DCIS and other types of breast cancer and we also compared the ADC values with the nuclear grade of IDC. The mean ADC values of the malignant lesions were lower than those of the benign lesions and the normal parenchyma (p<0.001, respectively). The mean ADC value of IDC was lower than those of DCIS and other breast cancers (p<0.001, respectively). The mean ADC value of mucinous carcinoma among the other breast cancer was characteristic high compared with that of the normal parenchyma. There was no significant differentiation of the ADC values between the nuclear grades of IDC (p<0.828). The ADC threshold value of 0.98 X 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s for discriminating between malignant and benign lesion showed a specificity of 53% and a sensitivity of 100%, and the ADC threshold value of 1.33 X 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s showed a specificity of 93% and a sensitivity of 94% for discriminating between malignant and benign lesion.

  4. Feasibility studies of D—3He fusion power in China

    DengBai-Quan; FengKei-Ming; 等

    1997-01-01

    The systematic study on D-3He advanced fuel fusion in China has been performed.Comparisons between D-3He and D-T fuel cycles in physics,engineering,environmental safety and so on have been made.D-3He fusion offers significant adavantages for reducing the neutron yield by a factor of 10-60,The 3He resource and mining possibility are investigated.The energy payback factor of 97 for mining lunar 3He resource is calculated.The operating parameter scope for D-3He fueled Tokamak reactor is analyzed.The prompt energy broadening for fusion products is calculated and results are consistent with those obtained by Lehner using a different method.Centrally peaked current drive with high efficiency is studied utilizing plasma synchrotron radiation.Centrally peaked current drive with gigh efficiency is studied utilizing plasma synchrotron radiation.More than 80% of plasma current required can be driven passively.A D-3He fueled Tokamak commercial reactor-Mooncity was designed.Neutronics calculations show that the radioactivity,afterheat,BHP value for Mooncity are 10-60 times less than those for D-T fusion.

  5. Cosmogenic and nucleogenic ^3He in apatite, titanite, and zircon

    Farley, K. A.; Libarkin, J.; Mukhopadhyay, S; Amidon, W.

    2006-01-01

    Cosmogenic ^3He was measured in apatite, titanite, and zircon and cosmogenic ^(21)Ne in quartz at 13 depth intervals in a 2.7-m long drill core in a Miocene ignimbrite from the Altiplano of Bolivia. All three ^3He depth profiles as well as the ^(21)Ne profile attenuate exponentially with depth, indicating that both of these isotopes are cosmogenic in origin with no significant contribution from other sources. The attenuation lengthscale for ^3He production of Λ = 180 ± 11 g/cm^2 is consistent...

  6. D-3He fuel cycles for neutron lean reactors

    The intrinsic potential of D-3He as a reactor fuel is investigated for a large range of 3He to D density ratios. A steady-state zero-dimensional reactor model is developed in which much care is attributed to a proper treatment of fast fusion products. Useful ranges of reactor parameters as well as temperature-density windows for driven and ignited operation are identified. Various figures of merit are calculated, such as power densities, net power production, neutron production, tritium load and radiative power. These results suggest several optimistic conclusions about the performance of D-3He as a reactor fuel

  7. Dressed Spin of Polarized 3He in a Cell

    Chu, P H; Peng, J C; Beck, D H; Chandler, D E; Clayton, S; Hu, B Z; Ngan, S Y; Sham, C H; So, L H; Williamson, S; Yoder, J

    2010-01-01

    We report a measurement of the modification of the effective precession frequency of polarized 3He atoms in response to a dressing field in a room temperature cell. The 3He atoms were polarized using the metastability spin-exchange method. An oscillating dressing field is then applied perpendicular to the constant magnetic field. Modification of the 3He effective precession frequency was observed over a broad range of the amplitude and frequency of the dressing field. The observed effects are compared with calculations based on quantum optics formalism.

  8. Electromagnetic physics with a polarized 3He target

    In the trinucleon system, 3He is preferable for polarization measurements because it is stable and a well-understood polarization method exists. Also, to a good approximation, the 3He spin is effectively due to the spin of its neutron and hence acts as a polarized neutron target. This is important because dense targets of polarized free neutrons are not possible. Thus, in a simple-minded picture, one can think of polarization measurements on 3He as a means of tagging the neutron in this nucleus. In a general program of polarization measurements on the proton, deuteron, and 3He, one could investigate the form-factors and small wave-function components of the nucleon and its excited states in the nuclear medium. (orig./WL)

  9. Safeguards Technology Factsheet 3He-free Neutron Coincidence Counter

    A full scale thermal neutron coincidence counter (High Level Neutron Counter - Boron: HLNB) based on 3He alternative detection technology was designed and built at LANL and field tested at Plutonium Conversion Development Facility (PCDF) of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) during FY15. HLNB is based on boron-lined proportional plates that replace the traditional 3He proportional tubes and was designed as a direct alternative to 3He-based High Level Neutron Coincidence Counter (HLNC-II). During the JAEA field trial the HLNB demonstrated comparable performance to HLNC-II, which represents a key development in the area of 3He alternative technologies and provides a complete demonstration of the technology for nuclear safeguards applications including high mass MOX samples.

  10. Apparent diffusion coefficient histogram analysis stratifies progression-free and overall survival in patients with recurrent GBM treated with bevacizumab: A multi-center study

    Pope, WB; Qiao, XJ; Kim, HJ; Lai, A.; Nghiemphu, P; Xue, X.; Ellingson, BM; Schiff, D.; Aregawi, D; Cha, S; Puduvalli, VK; Wu, J.; Yung, WKA; Young, GS; Vredenburgh, J

    2012-01-01

    We have tested the predictive value of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) histogram analysis in stratifying progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in bevacizumab-treated patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) from the multi-center BRAIN study. Available MRI's from patients enrolled in the BRAIN study (n = 97) were examined by generating ADC histograms from areas of enhancing tumor on T1 weighted post-contrast images fitted to a two normal distribution mixtu...

  11. The 3He spectral function in light-front dynamics

    Rinaldi, Matteo; Kaptari, Leonid; Pace, Emanuele; Salmè, Giovanni; Scopetta, Sergio

    2016-01-01

    A distorted spin-dependent spectral function for 3He is considered for the extraction of the transverse-momentum dependent parton distributions in the neutron from semi-inclusive deep inelastic electron scattering off polarized 3He at finite momentum transfers, where final state interactions are taken into account. The generalization of the analysis to a Poincar\\'e covariant framework within the light-front dynamics is outlined.

  12. Neutron orbital structure from generalized parton distributions of 3He

    Rinaldi, M; Scopetta, S.

    2012-01-01

    The generalized parton distribution H and E of the 3He nucleus, which could be measured in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering, are thoroughly analyzed in impulse approximation, within the Av18 interaction. It is found that their sum is dominated to a large extent by the neutron contribution: The peculiar spin structure of 3He makes this target unique for the extraction of the neutron information. This observation could allow to access for the first ti...

  13. Extracting generalized neutron parton distributions from 3He data

    Rinaldi, M; Scopetta, S.

    2012-01-01

    An impulse approximation analysis is described of the generalized parton distributions (GPDs) H and E of the 3He nucleus, quantities which are accessible in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS). The calculation is based on the Av18 interaction. The electromagnetic form factors are correctly recovered in the proper limits. The sum of the GPDs H and E of 3He, at low momentum transfer, is largely dominated by the neutron contribution, thanks to the ...

  14. Analytic vortices in rotating superfluid 3He-A

    Recent works on analytic vortices in rotating 3He-A are reviewed. It is shown that the circular-hyperbolic vortex lattice has the lowest free energy in an axial magnetic field. The associated nuclear magnetic resonance satellites account for not only the observed satellite frequencies in a rotating 3He-A experiment but also the observed intensity of the satellite resonances. 15 references, 3 figures

  15. Elastic and charge exchange scattering of pions from 3He

    Elastic and charge exchange scatterings of pions from 3He are studied using on optical potential in the momentum representation, which includes the second order effect as well as the nucleon binding correction. These corrections are found to be appreaciable but still not enough to resolve the discrepancy between theoretical calculations and recent experimental data on the reaction 3He(π-, π0)3H. (author)

  16. Test of 3He-based neutron polarizers at NIST

    Neutron spin filters based on polarized 3He are useful over a wide neutron energy range and have a large angular acceptance among other advantages. Two optical pumping methods, spin-exchange and metastability-exchange, can produce the volume of highly polarized 3He gas required for such neutron spin filters. We report a test of polarizers based on each of these two methods on a new cold, monochromatic neutron beam line at the NIST Center for Neutron Research

  17. The SLAC high-density gaseous polarized 3He target

    A large-scale high-pressure gaseous 3He polarized target has been developed for use with a high-intensity polarized electron beam at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. This target was used successfully in an experiment to study the spin structure of the neutron. The target provided an areal density of about 7 x1021 nuclei/cm2 and operated at 3He polarizations between about 30% and 40% for the six-week duration of the experiment

  18. Polar Phase of Superfluid (3)He in Anisotropic Aerogel.

    Dmitriev, V V; Senin, A A; Soldatov, A A; Yudin, A N

    2015-10-16

    We report the first observation of the polar phase of superfluid (3)He. This phase appears in (3)He confined in a new type of aerogel with a nearly parallel arrangement of strands which play the role of ordered impurities. Our experiments qualitatively agree with theoretical predictions and suggest that in other systems with unconventional Cooper pairing (e.g., in unconventional superconductors) similar phenomena may be found in the presence of anisotropic impurities. PMID:26550884

  19. Electroproduction of low energy π+ from 3He

    Differential cross sections were measured for the electro-pion production from H and 3He at an incident energy of 200 MeV and pion energies from 7.3 to 12.1 MeV. Pion-angular distributions are presented and compared with theory. For hydrogen there is good agreement. A simple three-channel calculation performed for the pion production from 3He was found to over estimate the cross section at forward pion angles

  20. Two dimensional sup 3 He adsorbed on Grafoil plated with a bilayer of HD

    Casey, A J

    2001-01-01

    sup 3 He films adsorbed on graphite preplated with a bilayer of hydrogen deuteride were studied by heat capacity measurements, in a nuclear demagnetisation cryostat down to temperatures below 1mK. The work focused on several areas of interest in 2D sup 3 He. Firstly coverages approaching solidification were investigated. Here we observed an apparent divergence in the effective mass of the sup 3 He quasi-particle as it approached solidification at a density in agreement with that predicted by the sq root 7x sq root 7 commensurate phase. We interpret this in terms of a Mott-Hubbard transition between a 2D Fermi liquid and a magnetically disordered solid occurring via the Brinkman-Rice scenario. We also observe finite temperature corrections to the linear heat capacity of the formT sup 2 going over to TlnT. Further investigations were carried out into solid coverages in which sup 3 He forms a two-dimensional quantum solid of spin 1/2 particles whose magnetism is influenced by reduced dimensionality, exchange and...

  1. Radiation measurement and inverse analysis techniques applied on the determination of the apparent mass diffusion coefficient for diverse contaminants and soil samples

    Full text of publication follows: The study of the dispersion of radioactive materials in soils and in engineering barriers plays an important role in the safety analysis of nuclear waste repositories. In order to proceed with such kind of study the involved physical properties must be determined with precision, including the apparent mass diffusion coefficient, which is defined as the ratio between the effective mass diffusion coefficient and the retardation factor. Many different experimental and estimation techniques are available on the literature for the identification of the diffusion coefficient and this work describes the implementation of that developed by Pereira et al [1]. This technique is based on non-intrusive radiation measurements and the experimental setup consists of a cylindrical column filled with compacted media saturated with water. A radioactive contaminant is mixed with a portion of the media and then placed in the bottom of the column. Therefore, the contaminant will diffuse through the uncontaminated media due to the concentration gradient. A radiation detector is used to measure the number of counts, which is associated to the contaminant concentration, at several positions along the column during the experiment. Such measurements are then used to estimate the apparent diffusion coefficient of the contaminant in the porous media by inverse analysis. The inverse problem of parameter estimation is solved with the Levenberg-Marquart Method of minimization of the least-square norm. The experiment was optimized with respect to the number of measurement locations, frequency of measurements and duration of the experiment through the analysis of the sensitivity coefficients and by using a D-optimum approach. This setup is suitable for studying a great number of combinations of diverse contaminants and porous media varying in composition and compacting, with considerable easiness and reliable results, and it was chosen because that is the

  2. The (t,3He) and (3He,t) reactions as probes of Gamow-Teller strength

    Zegers, R G T; Austin, S M; Bazin, D; Berg, G P A; Brown, B A; Cole, A L; Daito, I; Fujita, Y; Fujiwara, M; Galès, Sydney; Harakeh, M N; Hashimoto, H; Hayami, R; Hitt, G W; Howard, M E; Itoh, M; Jänecke, J; Kawabata, T; Kawase, K; Kinoshita, M; Nakamura, T; Nakanishi, K; Nakayama, S; Okamura, S; Richter, W A; Roberts, D A; Sherrill, B M; Shimbara, Y; Steiner, M; Uchida, M; Ueno, H; Van den Berg, A M; Yamagata, T; Yosoi, M; Austin, Sam M.

    2006-01-01

    Charge-exchange reactions are an important tool for determining weak-interaction rates. They provide stringent tests for nuclear structure models necessary for modeling astrophysical environments such as neutron stars and core-collapse supernovae. In this paper we demonstrate via a study of 26Mg(t,3He) that the (t,3He) reaction at 115 MeV/nucleon is an accurate probe for extracting Gamow-Teller strengths. This study is complemented by 26Mg(3He,t) data taken at 140 MeV/nucleon which allows for a comparison of T=2 analog states excited via the mirror reactions. A good correspondence is found between Gamow-Teller distributions measured via the 26Mg(3He,t) and 26Mg(p,n) experiments, indicating probe-independence of the strength extraction. Results from 26Mg(t,3He) and 26Mg(d,2He) also display good correspondence, showing that with the (t,3He) reaction a new tool has become available for studying Gamow-Teller strengths in the beta+ direction. Furthermore, we test shell-model calculations using the new USD-05B inte...

  3. Experimental Search for μd 3He Fusion

    The vast majority of muon catalyzed fusion research has been concerned with muonic molecules of hydrogen isotopes only, since the dynamics of higher-Z muonic atoms in general preclude the formation of molecular systems. In the specific case of hydrogen-helium mixtures, bound muonic molecular states can exist, and thus it is possible to search for the reactionμd 3Heλ-tilde fμ+α(3.66 MeV)+p(14.64 MeV).Until recently, the theoretical predictions for the nuclear fusion rate in the μd 3He molecule, λ-tildef, ranged over one order of magnitude, from 105 to 106 per second. An experimental upper limit has been measured for λ-tildef in HD + 3He giving a value (4 s-1 [1]). We report on the analysis of an experiment in D2 + 3He which has shown a signal coming either from the muon catalyzed reaction, or from the fusion in flight of 3He's formed from dμd fusion.

  4. Magnetic resonance imaging in children with sickle cell disease - detecting alterations in the apparent diffusion coefficient in hips with avascular necrosis

    MacKenzie, John D. [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); UCSF Benioff Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, San Francisco, CA (United States); Hernandez, Andrea; Pena, Andres; Khrichenko, Dmitry; Gonzalez, Leonardo; Jaramillo, Diego [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Ruppert, Kai [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); University of Virginia, Department of Radiology, Charlottesville, VA (United States); Jawad, Abbas F. [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatrics, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Wells, Lawrence [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Orthopedics, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Smith-Whitley, Kim [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Hematology, Philadelphia, PA (United States)

    2012-06-15

    Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a common morbidity in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) that leads to pain and joint immobility. However, the diagnosis is often uncertain or delayed. To examine the ability of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements on diffusion-weighted imaging to detect AVN in children with SCD. ADC values were calculated at the hips of normal children (n = 19) and children with SCD who were either asymptomatic with no known previous hip disease (n = 13) or presented for the first time with clinical symptoms of hip pathology (n = 12). ADC values were compared for differences among groups with and without AVN using non-parametric statistical methods. The ADC values were elevated in the hips of children with AVN (median ADC = 1.57 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s [95% confidence interval = 0.86-2.10]) and differed significantly in pairwise comparisons (all P < 0.05) from normal children (0.74 [0.46-0.98]), asymptomatic children with SCD (0.55 [0.25-0.85]), and SCD children who had symptoms referable to their hips but did not show findings of hip AVN on conventional MRI or radiographs (0.46 [0.18-0.72]). Children with sickle cell disease have elevated apparent diffusion coefficient values in their affected hips on initial diagnosis of avascular necrosis. (orig.)

  5. Magnetic resonance imaging in children with sickle cell disease - detecting alterations in the apparent diffusion coefficient in hips with avascular necrosis

    Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a common morbidity in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) that leads to pain and joint immobility. However, the diagnosis is often uncertain or delayed. To examine the ability of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements on diffusion-weighted imaging to detect AVN in children with SCD. ADC values were calculated at the hips of normal children (n = 19) and children with SCD who were either asymptomatic with no known previous hip disease (n = 13) or presented for the first time with clinical symptoms of hip pathology (n = 12). ADC values were compared for differences among groups with and without AVN using non-parametric statistical methods. The ADC values were elevated in the hips of children with AVN (median ADC = 1.57 x 10-3 mm2/s [95% confidence interval = 0.86-2.10]) and differed significantly in pairwise comparisons (all P < 0.05) from normal children (0.74 [0.46-0.98]), asymptomatic children with SCD (0.55 [0.25-0.85]), and SCD children who had symptoms referable to their hips but did not show findings of hip AVN on conventional MRI or radiographs (0.46 [0.18-0.72]). Children with sickle cell disease have elevated apparent diffusion coefficient values in their affected hips on initial diagnosis of avascular necrosis. (orig.)

  6. 3He Neutron Detector Pressure Effect and Comparison to Models

    Reported here are the results of measurements performed to determine the efficiency of 3He filled proportional counters as a function of gas pressure in the SAIC system. Motivation for these measurements was largely to validate the current model of the SAIC system. Those predictions indicated that the neutron detection efficiency plotted as a function of pressure has a simple, logarithmic shape. As for absolute performance, the model results indicated the 3He pressure in the current SAIC system could not be reduced appreciably while meeting the current required level of detection sensitivity. Thus, saving 3He by reducing its pressure was predicted not to be a viable option in the current SAIC system.

  7. Light-Front Dynamics and the 3He Spectral Function

    Pace, Emanuele; Kaptari, Leonid; Rinaldi, Matteo; Salme', Giovanni; Scopetta, Sergio

    2016-01-01

    Two topics are presented. The first one is a novel approach for a Poincare' covariant description of nuclear dynamics based on light-front Hamiltonian dynamics. The key quantity is the light-front spectral function, where both normalization and momentum sum rule can be satisfied at the same time. Preliminary results are discussed for an initial analysis of the role of relativity in the EMC effect in 3He. A second issue, very challenging, is considered in a non-relativistic framework, namely a distorted spin-dependent spectral function for 3He in order to take care of the final state interaction between the observed pion and the remnant in semi-inclusive deep inelastic electron scattering off polarized 3He. The generalization of the analysis within the light-front dynamics is outlined.

  8. Asymmetries in electron-induced breakup of polarized 3He

    The Jefferson Lab Experiment E05-102 'Measurement of Ax' and Az' asymmetries in the quasi-elastic 3He(e,e'd) reaction' was performed in Hall A in 2009. The main physics motivation of the experiment was to investigate the effects of small components of the 3He ground-state wave-function by a simultaneous measurement of double-polarization asymmetries in quasi-elastic kinematics for three exclusive channels, (e,e'd), (e,e'p), and (e,e'n), at almost identical momentum transfers, as well as for (e,e'). This experiment will help map the spin structure of the 3He nucleus onto the picture of the ''free'' polarized neutron. As such, it is of great relevance to the polarized-neutron programs at Jefferson Lab and beyond.

  9. Quark-Hadron Duality in Neutron (3He) Spin Structure

    Solvignon, P; Chen, J -P; Choi, Seonho; Aniol, K; Averett, T; Boeglin, W; Camsonne, A; Cates, G D; Chang, G; Chudakov, E; Craver, B; Cusanno, F; Deur, A; Dutta, D; Ent, R; Feuerbach, R; Frullani, S; Gao, H; Garibaldi, F; Gilman, R; Glashausser, C; Gorbenko, V; Hansen, O; Higinbotham, D W; Ibrahim, H; Jiang, X; Jones, M; Kelleher, A; Kelly, J; Keppel, C; Kim, W; Korsch, W; Krämer, K; Kumbartzki, G; LeRose, J J; Lindgren, R; Ma, B; Margaziotis, D J; Markowitz, P; McCormick, K; Meziani, Z -E; Michaels, R; Moffit, B; Monaghan, P; Camacho, C Munoz; Paschke, K; Reitz, B; Saha, A; Sheyor, R; Singh, J; Slifer, K; Sulkosky, V; Tobias, A; Urciuoli, G M; Wang, K; Wijesooriya, K; Wojtsekhowski, B; Woo, S; Yang, J -C; Zheng, X; Zhu, L

    2008-01-01

    We present experimental results of the first high-precision test of quark-hadron duality in the spin-structure function g_1 of the neutron and $^3$He using a polarized 3He target in the four-momentum-transfer-squared range from 0.7 to 4.0 (GeV/c)^2. Global duality is observed for the spin-structure function g_1 down to at least Q^2 = 1.8 (GeV/c)^2 in both targets. We have also formed the photon-nucleon asymmetry A_1 in the resonance region for 3He and found no strong Q^2-dependence above 2.2 (GeV/c)^2.

  10. Quark-Hadron Duality in Neutron (3He) Spin Structure

    Solvignon, Patricia; Liyanage, Nilanga; Chen, Jian-Ping; Choi, Seonho; Aniol, Konrad; Averett, Todd; Boeglin, Werner; Camsonne, Alexandre; Cates, Gordon; Chang, C.; Chang, C.C.; Chang, C.; Chang, C.C.; Chudakov, Eugene; Craver, Brandon; Cusanno, Francesco; Deur, Alexandre; Dutta, Dipangkar; Ent, Rolf; Feuerbach, Robert; Frullani, Salvatore; Gao, Haiyan; Garibaldi, Franco; Gilman, Ronald; Glashausser, Charles; Gorbenko, Viktor; Hansen, Jens-Ole; Higinbotham, Douglas; Ibrahim, Hassan; Jiang, Xiaodong; Jones, Mark; Kelleher, Aidan; Kelly, J.; Keppel, Cynthia; Kim, Wooyoung; Korsch, Wolfgang; Kramer, Kevin; Kumbartzki, Gerfried; LeRose, John; Lindgren, Richard; Ma, Bin; Margaziotis, Demetrius; Markowitz, Pete; McCormick, Kathy; Meziani, Zein-Eddine; Michaels, Robert; Moffit, Bryan; Monaghan, Peter; Munoz-Camacho, Carlos; Paschke, Kent; Reitz, Bodo; Saha, Arunava; Sheyor, Ran; Singh, Jaideep; Slifer, Karl; Sulkosky, Vince; Sulkosky, Vincent; Sulkosky, Vince; Sulkosky, Vincent; Tobias, William; Urciuoli, Guido; Wang, Kebin; Wijesooriya, Krishni; Wojtsekhowski, Bogdan; Woo, Seungtae; Yang, Jae-Choon; Zheng, Xiaochao; Zhu, Lingyan

    2008-10-01

    We present experimental results of the first high-precision test of quark-hadron duality in the spin-structure function g_1 of the neutron and $^3$He using a polarized 3He target in the four-momentum-transfer-squared range from 0.7 to 4.0 (GeV/c)^2. Global duality is observed for the spin-structure function g_1 down to at least Q^2 = 1.8 (GeV/c)^2 in both targets. We have also formed the photon-nucleon asymmetry A_1 in the resonance region for 3He and found no strong Q^2-dependence above 2.2 (GeV/c)^2.

  11. Quark-Hadron Duality in Neutron (3He) Spin Structure

    We present experimental results of the first high-precision test of quark-hadron duality in the spin-structure function g1 of the neutron and 3He using a polarized 3He target in the four-momentum-transfer-squared range from 0.7 to 4.0 (GeV/c)2. Global duality is observed for the spin-structure function g1 down to at least Q2=1.8 (GeV/c)2 in both targets. We have also formed the photon-nucleon asymmetry A1 in the resonance region for 3He and found no strong Q2 dependence above 2.2 (GeV/c)2

  12. Ultrasensitive 3He magnetometer for measurements of high magnetic fields

    Nikiel, A; Heil, W; Hehn, M; Karpuk, S; Maul, A; Otten, E; Schreiber, L M; Terekhov, M

    2014-01-01

    We describe a 3He magnetometer capable to measure high magnetic fields (B > 0.1 Tesla) with a relative accuracy of better than 10^-12. Our approach is based on the measurement of the free induction decay of gaseous, nuclear spin polarized 3He following a resonant radio frequency pulse excitation. The measurement sensitivity can be attributed to the long coherent spin precession time T2* being of order minutes which is achieved for spherical sample cells in the regime of motional narrowing where the disturbing influence of field inhomogeneities is strongly suppressed. The 3He gas is spin polarized in-situ using a new, non-standard variant of the metastability exchange optical pumping. We show that miniaturization helps to increase T2* further and that the measurement sensitivity is not significantly affected by temporal field fluctuations of order 10^-4.

  13. Ultrasensitive 3He magnetometer for measurements of high magnetic fields

    Nikiel, Anna; Blümler, Peter; Heil, Werner; Hehn, Manfred; Karpuk, Sergej; Maul, Andreas; Otten, Ernst; Schreiber, Laura M.; Terekhov, Maxim

    2014-11-01

    We describe a 3He magnetometer capable to measure high magnetic fields ( B> 0.1 T) with a relative accuracy of better than 10-12. Our approach is based on the measurement of the free induction decay of gaseous, nuclear spin polarized 3He following a resonant radio frequency pulse excitation. The measurement sensitivity can be attributed to the long coherent spin precession time T2 ∗ being of order minutes which is achieved for spherical sample cells in the regime of "motional narrowing" where the disturbing influence of field inhomogeneities is strongly suppressed. The 3He gas is spin polarized in situ using a new, non-standard variant of the metastability exchange optical pumping. We show that miniaturization helps to increase T2 ∗ further and that the measurement sensitivity is not significantly affected by temporal field fluctuations of order 10-4.

  14. Neutron orbital structure from generalized parton distributions of 3He

    Rinaldi, M

    2012-01-01

    The generalized parton distribution H and E of the 3He nucleus, which could be measured in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering, are thoroughly analyzed in impulse approximation, within the Av18 interaction. It is found that their sum is dominated to a large extent by the neutron contribution: The peculiar spin structure of 3He makes this target unique for the extraction of the neutron information. This observation could allow to access for the first time, in dedicated experiments, the orbital angular momentum of the partons in the neutron.

  15. Neutron orbital structure from generalized parton distributions of 3He

    Rinaldi, M.; Scopetta, S.

    2012-06-01

    The generalized parton distribution H and E of the 3He nucleus, which can be measured in hard exclusive processes such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering, are thoroughly analyzed in impulse approximation, within the Av18 interaction. It is found that their sum, at low momentum transfer, is dominated to a large extent by the neutron contribution: the peculiar spin structure of 3He makes this target unique for the extraction of the neutron information. This observation allows access, in dedicated experiments, to the orbital angular momentum of the partons in the neutron.

  16. Removing gaseous contaminants in 3He by cryogenic stripping

    The Tritium Operations Group at LLNL, Tritium Facility has recently developed a 3He recovery system to remove argon, xenon, neon, hydrogen, and all other contaminants from the 3He stream in an Accelerator Production of Tritium (APT) experimental apparatus. In this paper the authors will describe in detail the background information, technical requirements, the design approach, and the results of their experimental tests. The authors believe this gas purification system may have other applications as it provides at a reasonable cost an efficient method for purification of gaseous helium

  17. Rotational quenching of CS in ultracold 3He collisions

    Kaur, Rajwant; Dhilip Kumar, T. J.

    2016-08-01

    Quantum mechanical scattering calculations of rotational quenching of CS (v = 0) collision with 3He are performed at ultracold temperatures and results are compared with isotopic 4He collision. Rotational quenching cross sections and rate coefficients have been calculated in the ultracold region for rotational levels up to j = 10 using the He-CS potential energy surface computed at the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVQZ level of theory. The quenching cross sections are found to be two orders of magnitude larger for the 3He than the 4He isotope under ultracold conditions. Wigner threshold law is found to be valid below 10-3 K temperature.

  18. A measurement of the Panofsky ratio in 3He

    The nucleus 3He is one of the simplest nuclear systems; hence it is often used to study the complications introduced by the presence of additional nucleons on basic processes such as pion absorption on a free nucleon. 3He is the only nucleus for which both the pion charge exchange and radiative capture processes can occur at rest with reasonable probability. The ratio of these two processes is the well-known Panofsky ratio, P3 = ω(π-3He→π0T)/ω(π-+3He→γT). (orig./WL)

  19. 3H and 3He electromagnetic form factors

    We report the results of three experiments on elastic electron scattering from 3H and 3He. A detailed description of the experiments and the data obtained is given. We have performed a combined analysis of the world data on 3H and 3He. This analysis gives a complete experimental information on the trinucleon electromagnetic form factors up to q2=30 fm-2, and also provides a separation into the isoscalar and isovector form factors. The results are compared to selected calculations that include nucleonic and mesonic degrees of freedom. ((orig.))

  20. An internal polarized 3He target for electron storage rings

    We describe an internal polarized 3He target currently under construction which will be used in several electron storage ring experiments. The target is based on the technique of metastability exchange laser optical pumping, where the polarized atoms flow into a cryogenically-cooled storage cell. This novel technique allows for high precision measurements where the beam interacts with the pure atomic species. Both the HERMES experiment at DESY and the BLAST detector at the MIT Bates Laboratory will use the polarized 3He target in their measurements. Details of the target system, including the provisions needed to incorporate the target into the electron storage ring, are presented. (orig.)

  1. Surface Waves on the Superfluids ^3He and ^4He

    Manninen, M. S.; Ranni, A.; Rysti, J.; Todoshchenko, I. A.; Tuoriniemi, J. T.

    2016-06-01

    Free surface waves were examined both in superfluids ^3He and ^4He with the premise that these inviscid media would represent ideal realizations for this fluid dynamics problem. The work in ^3He is one of the first of its kind, but in ^4He, it was possible to produce a much more complete set of data for meaningful comparison with theoretical models. Most measurements were performed at the zero temperature limit, meaning Tmonitored as the liquid depth in the cell was varied. Despite of the wealth of data, perfect agreement with the constructed theoretical models could not be achieved.

  2. Ultrasensitive 3He magnetometer for measurements of high magnetic fields

    Nikiel, A.; Blümler, P.; Heil, W.; Hehn, M.; Karpuk, S.; Maul, A.; Otten, E.; Schreiber, L. M.; Terekhov, M.

    2014-01-01

    We describe a 3He magnetometer capable to measure high magnetic fields (B > 0.1 Tesla) with a relative accuracy of better than 10^-12. Our approach is based on the measurement of the free induction decay of gaseous, nuclear spin polarized 3He following a resonant radio frequency pulse excitation. The measurement sensitivity can be attributed to the long coherent spin precession time T2* being of order minutes which is achieved for spherical sample cells in the regime of motional narrowing whe...

  3. NMR experiments on rotating superfluid 3He-A and 3He-B and their theoretical interpretation

    We have constructed a rotating nuclear demagnetization cryostat and used it for continuous-wave NMR experiments on superfluid 3He-A and 3He-B. The measurements were performed in a long cylindrical geometry of 5 mm diameter, with the cylinder axis parallel to the axis of rotation and with the external magnetic field H/sub O/ = 284 or 142 Oe in the same direction. The angular velocity of rotation Ω was varied between 0.2 and 1.5 rad/sec, and the experiments were done under 29.3 bar pressure at temperatures between T/sub c/ = 2.72 and about 1.4 mK. As a guide to the new and esoteric field of superfluid 3He in rotation, we first review the general theory at some length in relatively simple terms. Pictorial explanations are often given

  4. Depth profiling of deuterium with the D(3He,p)4He reaction

    The use of the nuclear reaction D(3He,p)4He for the depth profiling of deuterium was studied. The detection at backward angles of the protons which have energies in excess of 13 MeV, presents distinct advantages with respect to the more conventional method of detecting the associated α particles. The various contributions to the depth resolution in α-Si have been measured or calculated, taking into account detector acceptance angle, size of the probing 3He beam, energy straggling, multiple scattering and lateral spread contributions. Sensitivities are discussed with respect to depth resolution requirements. The method has been applied to deuterium depth profiling in amorphous silicon hydrogenated by implantation or plasma diffusion of deuterium. (orig.)

  5. 3He-MRI of pulmonary ventilation: First clinical applications

    Purpose of the study is the visualisation of normal pulmonary ventilation in healthy volunteers and the evaluation of abnormalities in patients with different lung diseases using 3He magnetic resonance imaging (3He-MRI). Material und methods: Hyperpolarised 3He gas (V=300 ml, p=3x105 Pa, polarised to 35-45% by optical pumping, provided in special glass cells) was inhaled by eight healthy volunteers and ten patients with different lung diseases. A 3 D FLASH sequence (TR=11.8 ms; TE=5 ms; matrix 144x256, FOV 350 mm, section thickness 7-10 mm, coronal orientation) was performed in a single breath-hold (22-42 s). Clinical and radiological examinations were available for correlation. Results: The studies were successfully carried out in 8/8 volunteers and in 8/10 patients. The central airways were constantly visualised with intermediate to high signal instensity. The lung parenchyma of volunteers with normal ventilatory function showed rather homogeneous intermediate to high signal, whereas patients with chronic abstructive lung disease and/or pneumonia presented severe signal inhomogeneitises. Space-occupying lesions and pleural effusion caused large areas with little or no signal. The represented the lesion and adjacent ventilatory disturbances whose extent had not been presumed from chest X-ray or CT. The spatial resolution was higher than in ventilation scintigraphy. Conclusion: 3He MRI is a promising new modality for the assessment of pulmonary ventilation and its anormalies. (orig.)

  6. Conceptual design of D-3He FRC reactor 'ARTEMIS'

    A comprehensive design study of the D-3He fueled field-reversed configuration (FRC) reactor 'ARTEMIS' is carried out for the purpose of proving its attractive characteristics and clarifying the critical issues for a commercial fusion reactor. The FRC burning plasma is stabilized and sustained in a steady equilibrium by means of a preferential trapping of D-3He fusion-produced energetic protons. A novel direct energy converter for 15MeV protons is also presented. On the bases of a consistent scenario of the fusion plasma production and simple engineering, a compact and simple reactor concept is presented. The design of the D-3He FRC power plant definitely offers the most attractive prospect for energy development. It is environmentally acceptable in view of radio-activity and fuel resources; and the estimated cost of electricity is low compared to a light water reactor. Critical issues concerning physics or engineering for the development of the D-3He FRC reactor are clarified. (author)

  7. Theoretical description of deeply virtual Compton scattering off $^3$He

    Rinaldi, Matteo

    2014-01-01

    Recently, coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS) off $^3$He nuclei has been proposed to access the neutron generalized parton distributions (GPDs). In Impulse Approximation (IA) studies, it has been shown, in particular, that the sum of the two leading twist, quark helicity conserving GPDs of $^3$He, $H$ and $E$, at low momentum transfer, is dominated by the neutron contribution, so that $^3$He is very promising for the extraction of the neutron information. Nevertheless, such an extraction could be not trivial. A technique, able to take into account the nuclear effects included in the IA analysis in the extraction procedure, has been therefore developed. In this work, the IA calculation of the spin dependent GPD $\\tilde H$ of $^3$He is presented for the first time. This quantity is found to be largely dominated, at low momentum transfer, by the neutron contribution, which could be extracted using arguments similar to the ones previously proposed for the other GPDs. The known forward limit of the I...

  8. Extracting neutron generalized parton distributions from 3He data

    Rinaldi, M

    2012-01-01

    An impulse approximation analysis is described of the generalized parton distributions (GPDs) H and E of the 3He nucleus, quantities which are accessible in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS). The calculation is based on the Av18 interaction. The electromagnetic form factors are correctly recovered in the proper limits. The sum of the GPDs H and E of 3He, at low momentum transfer, is largely dominated by the neutron contribution, thanks to the unique spin structure of 3He. This nucleus is therefore very promising for the extraction of the neutron information. By increasing the momentum transfer, however, this conclusion is somehow hindered by the the fast growing proton contribution. Besides, even when the neutron contribution to the GPDs of 3He is largely dominating, the procedure of extracting the neutron GPDs from it could be, in principle, nontrivial. A technique is therefore proposed, independent on both the nuclear potential and the nucleon model used in ...

  9. Extracting generalized neutron parton distributions from 3He data

    Rinaldi, M.; Scopetta, S.

    2013-03-01

    An impulse-approximation (IA) analysis of the generalized parton distributions (GPDs) H and E of the 3He nucleus, quantities which are accessible in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS), is described. The calculation is based on the Av18 interaction. The electromagnetic form factors are correctly recovered in the proper limits. The sum of the GPDs H and E of 3He, at low momentum transfer, is largely dominated by the neutron contribution, thanks to the unique spin structure of 3He. This nucleus is therefore very promising for the extraction of the neutron information. By increasing the momentum transfer, however, this conclusion is somehow hindered by the the fast growing proton contribution. Besides, even when the neutron contribution to the GPDs of 3He is largely dominating, the procedure of extracting the neutron GPDs from it could be, in principle, nontrivial. A technique is therefore proposed, independent of both the nuclear potential and the nucleon model used in the calculation, able to take into account the nuclear effects included in the IA analysis and to safely extract the neutron information at values of the momentum transfer large enough to allow the measurements. Thanks to this observation, coherent DVCS should be considered a key experiment to access the neutron GPDs and, in turn, the orbital angular momentum of the partons in the neutron.

  10. Electron elastic scattering and quark structure of 3He nucleus

    It is shown that for the interpretation of the behaviour of the 3He nucleus form factor at transfer momenta q > 6 fmsup(-1) of importance are nine-quark admixtures and their interference with nucleon and six-quark channels

  11. The design of the 3He readout system on CSNS

    Used in the High-Intensity Powder Diffraction in China Spallation Neutron Sources (CSNS) Project, the electronic parts of the 3He readout system is introduced. The design of the Charge Measurement module (MQ) is described in details, including the structure of the circuit, the firmware of the FPGA on the board. The test results are given out in the final. (authors)

  12. The {sup 3}He neutron-spin filter at ILL

    Tasset, F.; Heil, W.; Humblot, H.; Lelievre-Berna, E.; Roberts, T. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (ILL), 38 - Grenoble (France)

    1997-04-01

    Neutron-Spin Filters (NSF) using gaseous polarised {sup 3}He have long been recognised as of enormous potential value in many polarised neutron-scattering applications and, accordingly, ILL started a development programme some years ago. This report gives an account of the present status of the project. (author). 13 refs.

  13. 3He(t,t)3He elastic scattering measurements from 9 to 17 MeV

    Angular distributions of the analyzing power and differential cross section for 3He(t,t)3He elastic scattering are reported for triton bombarding energies of 9.02, 11.00, 13.02, 15.02, 16.00, and 17.02 MeV, over a c.m. angular range from 25degree to 155degree. Excitation functions for the analyzing power are presented for the energy range 14.42--17.22 MeV. Problems in the phase-shift analysis of the data are discussed

  14. The electrodisintegration of 3He studied with the 3He(e,e'p)2H and 3He(e,e'd)1H reactions

    The author presents a survey of experimental and theoretical results for the ground-state properties of 3He. The formalism of the (e,e'p) and (e,e'd) reactions is presented. A short description of the instrumentation, in particular those elements which are typical for the present study, and of the data analysis is given. This includes a description of the elements required in the 'recoil detection' technique. The kinematics of the experiments and the results are presented. The results are discussed and compared with calculations. (Auth.)

  15. 3He(n,p) reaction simulation for formation analyses

    Computer modeling of neutron well logging instrument responses is becoming a necessity for petro-physical research and oil companies. It serves as a low-cost substitute for experimental test pits, as well as a means for obtaining data that are difficult to obtain experimentally. Neutrons in these tools are generally detected through 3He filled detectors. Detection of neutrons in a 3He counter occurs by means of the (n, p) reaction, yielding a proton and a triton. Computational simulation using the Monte Carlo code MCNP has been considered a powerful tool to simulate the response of neutron porosity tools. In the MCNP code the detection of neutrons in a 3He gas has been making by means of energy functions that convert neutron fluxes to reaction rates (n,p). It allows obtaining count values comparable with experimental data. However, it does not allow producing light ions from neutron capture reactions like triton and proton, and nor study the behavior of these particles as a function of the detector design. With the development of the version MCNPX 2.6, the simulation of light ions (protons, triton) from neutron capture reactions was made possible. The purpose of this work is to use the new capabilities included in the MCNPX 2.6 code to simulate the 3He(n,p) reaction for nuclear well logging applications. The results obtained confirm that it is useful to predict the count values, as it allows obtaining results comparable with the literature. Besides, the new capabilities of the MCNPX 2.6 allow producing the triton and proton reaction products and the expected pulse height spectrum from a 3He detector in which the wall effect is significant. (author)

  16. Functional {sup 3}He-MRI of the lungs; Funktionelle {sup 3}He-MRT der Lunge

    Gast, K.K.; Wolf, U. [Universitaetsmedizin der Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Mainz (Germany)

    2009-08-15

    Pulmonary diseases have a high health-related and economic significance. {sup 3}He-MRI is an alternative imaging method which can detect ventilatory disturbances with a high sensitivity. The application of different pulse sequences allows static and dynamic assessment of ventilation and bronchial gas flow, non-invasive measurement of intrapulmonary oxygen partial pressure and quantification of pulmonary parenchyma destruction and overinflation. Generally, the method is applicable for obstructive and restrictive ventilatory disturbances but initial approaches also exist for vascular pulmonary diseases. Specific clinical applications remain to be determined but {sup 3}He-MRI is an excellent instrument for the assessment of physiologic and pathophysiologic interrelations in the distribution of ventilation. (orig.) [German] Lungenerkrankungen haben einen hohen gesundheitlichen und volkswirtschaftlichen Stellenwert. Die {sup 3}He-MRT ist eine alternative bildgebende Methode, die sensitiv Ventilationsstoerungen nachweisen kann. Ueber unterschiedliche Pulssequenzen koennen Ventilation und Gasfluesse statisch und dynamisch dargestellt, der intrapulmonale Sauerstoffpartialdruck nichtinvasiv gemessen und die Destruktion und Ueberblaehung des Lungenparenchyms quantifiziert werden. Prinzipiell ist die Methode fuer die Untersuchung obstruktiver und restriktiver Ventilationsstoerungen anwendbar, Ansaetze existieren jedoch auch fuer vaskulaere Lungenerkrankungen. Spezifische klinische Anwendungen fuer die {sup 3}He-MRT muessen noch erarbeitet werden, sie ist jedoch ein hervorragendes Instrument zur Untersuchung physiologischer und pathophysiologischer Zusammenhaenge bei der Ventilationsverteilung. (orig.)

  17. Apparent diffusion coefficient measurements of bilateral kidneys at 3 T MRI: Effects of age, gender, and laterality in healthy adults

    Aim: To investigate the effects of age and gender on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements of bilateral kidneys at 3 T MRI, and compare the ADC values of left and right kidneys. Materials and methods: In all, 137 healthy participants (mean age 42.8 ± 14.7 years; age range 16–75 years) comprising 68 male and 69 female participants were enrolled. Three Tesla echo-planar diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) of bilateral kidneys was performed and ADC values were measured in the cortex, medulla, and whole parenchyma. Pearson correlation analysis and linear regression were performed to determine the associations between the ADC values in each region and age. Effects of age and gender on ADC values were analysed using two-factor analysis of variance (ANOVA). The paired-samples t-test was established to compare the ADC values between left and right kidneys. Results: ADC values were significantly higher in the young group (≤50 years) than in the old group (>50 years), and correlated inversely with the age in all regions. Male participants had higher ADC values than female participants in all regions except left medulla. Two-factor ANOVA of age × gender showed no significant interactions between the variables age and gender were found. No significant differences in ADC values between left and right kidneys were observed. Conclusion: Renal ADC values are age- and gender-dependent, and show no significant difference between left and right kidneys. Age- and gender-related effects should be taken into consideration in future renal DWI studies when using normal ADC values from health controls. - Highlights: • Renal apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values decrease with ageing. • Men tend to have higher renal ADC values than women. • Bilateral kidneys seem to have no significantly different ADC values

  18. Search for 3He and 4He in Arata-Style Palladium Cathodes I: A Negative Result

    The 3He and 4He concentrations in 2- to 6-mg samples of palladium-black from the interior of Arata-style cathodes were investigated using a tungsten wire furnace on-line to an ultrahigh sensitivity static mass spectrometer. The detection limit of the mass spectrometer was ∼104 atoms 3He and 108 atoms 4He, and the mass resolution of 1 part in 620 was sufficient to cleanly resolve 3He from H3 and HD. Three specimens of palladium-black (A, B, and C) were from hollow Pd cathodes that had generated excess heat in D2O electrolysis experiments carried out by Arata and Zhang in their laboratory. One specimen of Pd-black (D) had not been used in any electrolysis experiment. A total of twelve samples, three from each specimen, were analyzed. The 3He and 4He concentrations were variable as if due to sample inhomogeneity. Two samples (C-1 and B-1) showed apparent 4He of 4.4 x 109 atoms/mg and 6.6 x 109 atoms/mg, respectively, and three (A-3, B-2, and D-3) showed excess 3He from 77 to 1096 x 103 atoms/mg relative to the atmospheric 3He/4He ratio. Seven samples showed no apparent excess of 3He or 4He. Five samples of the aluminum foil used to wrap Pd-black samples were also analyzed and gave mean values of 13 ± 18 x 103 atoms/mg and 1.50 ± 0.66 x 109 atoms/mg for 3He and 4He, respectively. The values for Al and Pd-black are comparable to the 1978 results of Mamyrin, Khabarin, and Yudenich, who examined helium isotopes in many ordinary metals and other materials including Al and Pd. At present, there is no evidence for the very much larger concentrations (1016 to 1017 atoms/mg) of 3He and 4He that Arata and Zhang claim to have detected in similar specimens of Pd-black from Pd cathodes subjected to D2O electrolysis

  19. A theory of low energy π-3He elastic scattering

    The main aim of this work is the construction of a first-order optical potential for the scattering of pions by 3He at low energy with as few approximations as possible. In particular the Fermi motion is treated extremely carefully by using microscopic 3He wave functions and by performing the complete Fermi-integral. Differential cross-sections and analyzing powers have been calculated. In a detailed comparison between the first-order optical with one which results from using the semi-factored approximation, it became clear that the latter has the following shortcomings: 1. the dependence of the subenergy on the pion-nucleus scattering angle, and 2. the independence of this energy on the relative motion of the spectator nucleons. (author). 101 refs.; 15 figs.; 3 tabs

  20. Photoassociation spectroscopy of ultracold metastable ^3He dimers

    Cocks, Daniel G; Whittingham, Ian B

    2011-01-01

    The bound states of the fermionic ^3He(2 ^3S_1)+ ^3He(2 ^3P_j)system, where j=0,1,2, are investigated using the recently available ab initio short-range ${}^{1,3,5}\\Sigma^{+}_{g,u}$ and ${}^{1,3,5}\\Pi_{g,u}$ potentials computed by Deguilhem et al. (J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 2009, 42, 015102). Single-channel and multichannel calculations have been undertaken in order to investigate the effects of Coriolis and non-adiabatic couplings. The possible experimental observability of the theoretical levels is assessed using criteria based upon the short-range character of each level and their coupling to metastable ground states. Purely long-range levels have been identified and 30 short-range levels near five asymptotes are suggested for experimental investigation.

  1. Josephson flow oscillations in superfluid 3He-B

    Experiments for observing pressure-induced Josephson oscillations in superfluid 4He renewed the interest for analogous experiments in superfluid 3He. The weak coupling of two superfluids is obtained by a small channel with dimensions in the order of the coherence length. The order-parameter functions, the supercurrent Jψ through the orifice, and the Ginzburg-Landau free energy, Fψ is calculated for different cross sections. A new feature of the function Jψ in comparison to the current-phase relationships for superconducting microbridges is the occurrence of two nontrivial zeros of Jψ. It turns out that the frequency, ω, of the Josephson flow oscillations, which follow the sudden application of a force ΔF on a diaphragm, depends on ΔF in a way similar to that in which the frequency of the parallel ringing experiment in 3He-Α depends on the field step ΔΗ. (6 refs., 12 figs.)

  2. Magnetism of liquid 3He up to 200 T

    We report measurements of nuclear magnetism of degenerate liquid 3He below 0.1 K. Nuclear polarization up to 60% was transiently obtained by rapid melting of a 80% polarized 3He solid. From simultaneous measurements of the magnetization and of the heat released during the relaxation towards magnetic equilibrium, we deduce the magnetization dependence of the free energy of the liquid, and hence the magnetization curve up to 200 T. At 26 bar and 80 mK, we find that the susceptibility decreases with increasing magnetization. This rules out any significant metamagnetism of the liquid, in contradiction with former expectations. In order to confirm this behaviour by a static experiment, we have developed a torque magnetometer to carry out precision measurements of the equilibrium magnetization up to 30 T (corresponding to a 12% polarization) and at 50 mK. Preliminary results of this experiment are reported. (orig.)

  3. Nuclear (K) Bound States in 4He and 3He

    LI Yi-He; WU Shi-Shu

    2009-01-01

    @@ We construct a phenomenological K N interaction which reproduces the two resonances: the energy of the first resonance is 1420MeV and the other is 1392MeV. The A(1405) is found by a superposition of the two reso-nances with appropriate weights. Within the framework of the Brueckner-Hartree-Fock theory, we have studied K- - 3He(T=0) and K- - 4He(T=1/2). The binding energy BK-is 93MeV(72MeV) and the width F is 13 MeV(25 MeV) for K- - 3He(T=0) (K- - 4He(T=1/2)).

  4. Project of polarized 3He source at RARF

    At RIKEN Accelerator Research Facility (RARF), a K540 four-sector ring cyclotron (RRC) was completed in November 1986, and has delivered beams to the experiments since May 1987. At present, a heavy-ion linac (RILAC) with a PIG source is used as an injector for RRC. The construction of another injector, a K70AVF cyclotron, has been started and will be completed at the end of 1988 FY. The AVF cyclotron is equipped with a polarized 3He source as well as an ECR source and a duoplasmatron source. The nuclear polarization of 3He will be obtained with the optical pumping of atoms in the metastable state (23 S1) followed by the metastability exchange collision. Polarized atoms will be ionized with an ECR source. The source is expected to be constructed in three years. (author)

  5. Quasifree photoabsorption on neutron-proton pairs in 3He

    Three-body photodisintegration of 3He is calculated in the photon energy range 200-400 MeV assuming quasifree absorption on np pairs both in initial quasideuteron and singlet configurations. The model includes the normal nucleonic current, explicit meson exchange currents and the Δ(1232)-isobar excitation. The total cross section is increased by a factor of about 1.5 compared with free deuteron photodisintegration. Well below and above the Δ-region also some spin observables differ significantly from the ones of free deuteron disintegration due to the more compressed wave function of the correlated np pairs in 3He compared to the deuteron. The initial singlet state causes a significant change in the analysing power Ay. These differences could presumably be seen at the conjugate angles where two-body effects are maximized and where photoreactions could complement similar pion absorption experiments. ((orig.))

  6. Studies of 3He Induced Nuclear Reactions on Cadmium

    Excitation functions of 3He induced nuclear reactions on natural cadmium were measured using the standard stacked foil technique and high resolution gamma ray spectroscopy. The experimental cross sections for the nuclear reactions natCd(3He,xnp )117m,g,116m115m,114m,113m,111,110m,g,109,108,107 In were measured from their threshold energy up to 27 MeV. The integral yields for some medically important products were determined. Theoretical calculations using the nuclear codes ALICE- IPPE, TAL YS, and EMPIRE-3 were used to describe the formation of these products. Theoretical and experimental results were compared with each other. K

  7. A polarized sup 3 He internal target for storage rings

    Poolman, H R; Bulten, H J; Doets, M; Ent, R; Ferro-Luzzi, M; Geurts, D G; Harvey, M; Mul, F A

    2000-01-01

    A polarized sup 3 He internal target was employed at the internal target facility of the Amsterdam electron Pulse Stretcher and Storage ring (AmPS) at the Dutch National Institute for Nuclear and High-Energy Physics (NIKHEF). The unique features of internal targets such as chemical and isotopic purity, high and rapidly reversible polarization, and the ability to manipulate the target spin orientation were successfully demonstrated. A nuclear polarization of 0.50 (0.42) at a sup 3 He gas flow of 1.0 (2.0)x10 sup 1 sup 7 at s sup - sup 1 could be obtained. Operation at a nominal flow of 1x10 sup 1 sup 7 at s sup - sup 1 resulted in a target thickness of 0.7x10 sup 1 sup 5 at cm sup - sup 2 at a target temperature of 17 K.

  8. Transverse sound in liquid-3He-aerogel system

    Transverse sound in normal liquid 3He in aerogel is studied on the basis of the Landau transport equation taking into account the simultaneous oscillation of the aerogel. We show that the nature of transverse sound is strongly modified if aerogel is immersed in the liquid. Scattering of 3He quasiparticles by the aerogel molecules causes friction between the liquid and the aerogel, giving rise to coupled motion of the two systems. There exists a low-attenuation transverse sound mode in this coupled system. The high-temperature behavior of its attenuation α is given by α∝const+T-2, which is in contrast to α∝T in pure liquid H3e in the hydrodynamic regime

  9. Acoustic properties of superfluid 3He in 97% aerogel

    Superfluid 3He in silica aerogel provides a unique system for studying the effect of quenched disorder in the unconventional superfluid. We have performed longitudinal ultrasound (5.7 MHz) attenuation and sound velocity measurements of the superfluid 3He in 97% porosity aerogel. The attenuation and sound velocity were determined by direct propagation of sound pulses through the medium in a wide range of temperatures, down to 400 μK. The superfluid transition, marked by the increase in sound velocity, is substantially suppressed from that in 98% aerogel used in most of studies. The superfluid fraction determined from the sound velocity is less than 0.02 even at the lowest temperature.

  10. 3He melting curve thermometry in a nuclear polarization experiment

    Temperature measurement and control are important in brute force polarization experiments. We discuss the installation and use of 3He melting curve thermometers in a cryostat used to polarize a TiH2 target. Comparison is made between the melting curve thermometers and the 60CoCo nuclear orientation thermometer, which is often used in such experiments. The melting curve thermometers provide increased temperature resolution and sensitivity, and were used in a feedback heating system to control temperature to ±5.5 μK at 16.5 mK. The 3He melting curve and the 60CoCo temperature scales are found to agree within 2% at 15 mK. The present status of the melting curve scale and the effect of a magnetic field on melting curve thermometry are also discussed. (orig.)

  11. Orbital angular momentum in /sup 3/He-A-italic

    Balatskii-breve, A.V.; Mineev, V.P.

    1985-12-01

    The intrinsic angular momentum in the A-italic phase of superfluid /sup 3/He is found in terms of the response to the angular velocity of rotation. It is shown that in the weak-coupling approximation at an arbitrary temperature and with allowance for the Fermi-liquid renormalization the intrinsic angular momentum is small in accordance with the smallness of the asymmetry in the distribution of particles and holes.

  12. Phase slippage in superfluid 3He-B

    We review some applications of the hydrodynamic Josephson effects. The relationship between the quantum mechanical phase difference along a micro-orifice and the flow through it is discussed in terms of a simple model which accounts for the observations performed in 3He-B above 0.7 Tc. Possible uses of the superfluid hydromechanical resonator as a sensitive and stable absolute gyrometer are described

  13. A study of 3He films using SQUID NMR

    Confinement of superfluid 3He to a geometry of order the coherence length is predicted to produce interesting size effects and modify the superfluid phase diagram. This thesis describes the development of an experiment to measure these effects using NMR as a probe of the spin dynamics. A pulsed NMR spectrometer was developed with a low Tc SQUID as the first stage amplifier. The sample was located in a receiver coil that formed part of a tuned circuit with the SQUID input coil. The first spectrometer was operated in an open-loop configuration but was later converted to use feedback to stabilize the SQUID gain. This later version used a DC SQUID with APF operating in flux-locked loop using the Direct Offset Integration Technique. The noise was limited by the Johnson noise in the tuned circuit in tests down to 1.5 K and the estimated noise temperature was ∼100 mK. NMR signals were observed at ∼1 MHz from low-density 3He samples adsorbed on a Mylar substrate which were in reasonable agreement with the estimated signal sizes. A cell was constructed with a highly polished silver substrate to study a 100 nm thick 3He film adsorbed on an area of ∼1 cm2. This was mounted on a newly installed demagnetization cryostat. A dipper probe was constructed for the SQUID spectrometer which demonstrated an overall coupled energy sensitivity of 327 h before being mounted on the cryostat. NMR signals were observed from samples equivalent to films of thickness 100, 400, and 800 nm on the substrate surface at temperatures ranging from 60 mK down to 415 μK. No superfluid transition was detected. With each sample a time dependence of the signal was observed which may be attributable to a thermomechanical effect in normal liquid 3He. Based on the measured signals, it is predicted that ∼1016 spins should be detectable in a single-shot. (author)

  14. Hard Two-body Photodisintegration of 3He

    Pomerantz, I; Gilman, R; Higinbotham, D W; Piasetzky, E; Strauch, S; Adhikari, K P; Aghasyan, M; Allada, K; Amaryan, M J; Pereira, S Anefalos; Anghinolfi, M; Baghdasaryan, H; Ball, J; Baltzell, N A; Battaglieri, M; Batourine, V; Beck, A; Beck, S; Bedlinskiy, I; Berman, B L; Biselli, A S; Boeglin, W; Bono, J; Bookwalter, C; Boiarinov, S; Briscoe, W J; Brooks, W K; Bubis, N; Burkert, V; Camsonne, A; Canan, M; Carman, D S; Celentano, A; Chandavar, S; Charles, G; Chirapatpimol, K; Cisbani, E; Cole, P L; Contalbrigo, M; Crede, V; Cusanno, F; D'Angelo, A; Daniel, A; Dashyan, N; de Jager, C W; De Vita, R; De Sanctis, E; Deur, A; Djalali, C; Dodge, G E; Doughty, D; Dupre, R; Dutta, C; Egiyan, H; Alaoui, A El; Fassi, L El; Eugenio, P; Fedotov, G; Fegan, S; Fleming, J A; Fradi, A; Garibaldi, F; Geagla, O; Gevorgyan, N; Giovanetti, K L; Girod, F X; Glister, J; Goetz, J T; Gohn, W; Golovatch, E; Gothe, R W; Griffioen, K A; Guegan, B; Guidal, M; Guo, L; Hafidi, K; Hakobyan, H; Harrison, N; Heddle, D; Hicks, K; Ho, D; Holtrop, M; Hyde, C E; Ireland, D G; Ishkhanov, B S; Isupov, E L; Jiang, X; Jo, H S; Joo, K; Katramatou, A T; Keller, D; Khandaker, M; Khetarpal, P; Khrosinkova, E; Kim, A; Kim, W; Klein, F J; Koirala, S; Kubarovsky, A; Kubarovsky, V; Kuleshov, S V; Kvaltine, N D; Lee, B; LeRose, J J; Lewis, S; Lindgren, R; Livingston, K; Lu, H Y; MacGregor, I J D; Mao, Y; Martinez, D; Mayer, M; McCullough, E; McKinnon, B; Meekins, D; Meyer, C A; Michaels, R; Mineeva, T; Mirazita, M; Moffit, B; Mokeev, V; Montgomery, R A; Moutarde, H; Munevar, E; Camacho, C Munoz; Nadel-Turonski, P; Nasseripour, R; Nepali, C S; Niccolai, S; Niculescu, G; Niculescu, I; Osipenko, M; Ostrovidov, A I; Pappalardo, L L; Paremuzyan, R; Park, K; Park, S; Petratos, G G; Phelps, E; Pisano, S; Pogorelko, O; Pozdniakov, S; Procureur, S; Protopopescu, D; Puckett, A J R; Qian, X; Qiang, Y; Ricco, G; Rimal, D; Ripani, M; Ritchie, B G; Rodriguez, I; Ron, G; Rosner, G; Rossi, P; Sabatie, F; Saha, A; Saini, M S; Sarty, A J; Sawatzky, B; Saylor, N A; Schott, D; Schulte, E; Schumacher, R A; Seder, E; Seraydaryan, H; Shneor, R; Smith, G D; Sokhan, D; Sparveris, N; Stepanyan, S S; Stepanyan, S; Stoler, P; Subedi, R; Sulkosky, V; Taiuti, M; Tang, W; Taylor, C E; Tkachenko, S; Ungaro, M; Vernarsky, B; Vineyard, M F; Voskanyan, H; Voutier, E; Walford, N K; Wang, Y; Watts, D P; Weinstein, L B; Weygand, D P; Wojtsekhowski, B; Wood, M H; Yan, X; Yao, H; Zachariou, N; Zhan, X; Zhang, J; Zhao, Z W; Zheng, X; Zonta, I

    2013-01-01

    We have measured cross sections for the gamma+3He->p+d reaction at photon energies of 0.4 - 1.4 GeV and a center-of-mass angle of 90 deg. We observe dimensional scaling above 0.7 GeV at this center-of-mass angle. This is the first observation of dimensional scaling in the photodisintegration of a nucleus heavier than the deuteron.

  15. Investigating Neutron Polarizabilities through Compton Scattering on $^3He$

    Choudhury, D.; Nogga, A.; Phillips, D.R.

    2007-01-01

    We examine manifestations of neutron electromagnetic polarizabilities in coherent Compton scattering from the Helium-3 nucleus. We calculate $\\gamma ^3He$ elastic scattering observables using chiral perturbation theory to next-to-leading order (${\\mathcal O}(e^2 Q)$). We find that the unpolarized differential cross section can be used to measure neutron electric and magnetic polarizabilities, while two double-polarization observables are sensitive to different linear combinations of the four ...

  16. High Efficiency Spin Flipper for the n3He Experiment

    Hayes, Christopher; n3He Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    The n3He experiment, constructed on the Fundamental Neutron Physics Beamline (FnPB) at the Spallation Neutron Source, is designed to measure the parity violating (PV) proton asymmetry Ap in the capture reaction n +3 He -->3 H + p + 765 keV The asymmetry has an estimated value Ap ~ - 1 ×10-7 and is directly related to the weak isospin conserved couplings hρ0 and ωρ0 which are of fundamental interest in the verification of the meson exchange model of low energy NN intereactions. Data production for the n3He experiment began in February 2015 and is scheduled to continue thru December 2015 - reaching a statistical sensitivity δAp ~10-8 or better. I will discuss the spin flipper which is designed using the theory of double cosine-theta coils, and capable of flipping neutron spins with an efficiency approaching its maximum value ɛsf = 1 . I will also discuss the theory of Spin Magnetic Resonance (SMR) and how it is employed by the spin flipper to flip 60 Hz pulses of cold neutrons over a range of wavelengths.

  17. Hard Photodisintegration of 3He into pd pair

    Maheswari, Dhiraj

    2016-01-01

    The recent measurements of high energy photodisintegration of the $^3He$ nucleus to the $pd$ pair at $90^0$ center of mass demonstrated an energy scaling consistent with the quark counting rule with unprecedentedly large exponent of $s^{-17}$. To understand the underlying mechanism of this process we extended the theoretical formalism of hard rescattering mechanism to calculate the $\\gamma ^3He\\rightarrow pd$ reaction. In HRM the incoming high energy photon strikes a quark from one of the nucleons in the target which subsequently undergoes hard rescattering with the quarks from the other nucleons generating hard two-body system in the final state of the reaction. Within the HRM we derived the parameter free expression for the differential cross section of the reaction, which is expressed through the $^3He\\rightarrow pd$ transition spectral function, cross section of hard $pd\\rightarrow pd$ scattering and the effective charge of the quarks being interchanged during the hard rescattering process. The numerical ...

  18. Superfluid phase stability of 3He in axially anisotropic aerogel

    Measurements of superfluid 3He in 98% aerogel demonstrate the existence of a metastable A-like phase and a stable B-like phase. It has been suggested that the relative stability of these two phases is controlled by anisotropic quasiparticle scattering in the aerogel. Anisotropic scattering produced by axial compression of the aerogel has been predicted to stabilize the axial state of superfluid 3He. To explore this possibility, we used transverse acoustic impedance to map out the phase diagram of superfluid 3He in a ∼ 98% porous silica aerogel subjected to 17% axial compression. We have previously shown that axial anisotropy in aerogel leads to optical birefringence and that optical cross-polarization studies can be used to characterize such anisotropy. Consequently, we have performed optical cross-polarization experiments to verify the presence and uniformity of the axial anisotropy in our aerogel sample. We find that uniform axial anisotropy introduced by 17% compression does not stabilize the A-like phase. We also find an increase in the supercooling of the A-like phase at lower pressure, indicating a modification to B-like phase nucleation in globally anisotropic aerogels.

  19. Saddle point condition for D - 3He tokamak fusion reactor

    In this paper the concept of a generalized ignition contour map, showing bar PhtT2E, NTE, and T, is used to study the ignition criterion for a D-3He fusion reactor with plasma temperature and density profiles. Direct heating scenarios to the D - 3He ignition regime without the help of deuterium-tritium burning are considered. The machine size and enhancement factor for the confinement time required to reach D - 3He ignition can be simple determined by comparing the height of the operation path with Goldston L-mode scaling and the height of the generalized saddle point. A confinement enhancement factor of 2 to 3 is required in the case of a large plasma current (30 to 80 MA) in a small-aspect-ratio tokamak. On the other hand, for a small plasma current (approx-lt 10 MA), large-aspect-ratio tokamak, an enhancement factor of 5 to 6 is necessary to reach ignition. Fuel dilution effects by fusion products and impurities, the confinement degradation effect due to 14-MeV protons, and the operation paths are also considered. To lower the height of the saddle point, and hence the auxiliary heating power, we optimize the fuel composition and examine operation in the hot ion mode

  20. Development of 3He-BOCA power ramping facility, 1

    Development of a He-3 power controlled boiling water capsule, 3He-BOCS, for LWR fuels power ramping test in JMTR has been carried out since 1978 on a five-year program; in the reactor, irradiation tests of various fuels and structual materials have been made since 1969. Using stagnant-pressurized water as a thermal medium, the capsule provides pressure and temperature conditions similar to those in LWRs. Heat generation of a fuel pin can be controlled by a He-3 gas screen surrounding the capsule. The facility is capable of testing numbers of both fresh and irradiated fuel pins under LWR operating conditions for power ramping and cycling. After explaining the operating priciples of 3He-BOCA and the development program, the following are described: the results of preliminary out-of-pile test on heat conductive characteristics of the capsule and a conceptual design of the 3He-BOCA for power ramping of a short fuel pin from 250 W/cm to 500 W/cm under BWR conditions. (author)

  1. Equilibrium phase diagram and kinetics of isotopical phase separation of 3% 3He in HCP 4He mixture

    The isotopical phase separation in a weak solid mixture of 3He in 4He is investigated by 250 kHz pulsed NMR under a pressure of 3.7 MPa in the temperature range 100 - 240 mK. The equilibrium concentrations of 3He in HCP phase are found to be in a good agreement with classical regular solution theory for phases with different crystal structures. The time constant of decay at steplike cooldown along the separation line are shown to monotonously decrease. The linear dependence of the time on the concentration may point towards an important role of quantum diffusion

  2. Quantitative study of rabbit hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury with apparent diffusion coefficient values: comparison with pathology and biochemistry

    ), (181±34), (413±62), (474±83), (424±41), (332±341) and (302±39) U/L for the levels of ALT, and (79±10), (454±55), (547±72), (607± 31), (649±79), (785±49) and (1526±167) U/L for the AST respectively. The levels of AST and ALT in IRI groups were significantly higher than those in the Sham group (P<0.01). Histological findings showed diffuse hepatocytes swelling and erythrocytes depositing in the hepatic sinusoids, portal area, central venous and arterials at the initial phase. With the injury aggravated, inflammatory cell infiltration, hepatocyte nuclear condensation of apoptosis, sinusoidal dissociation and coagulation necrosis developed eventually. Conclusion: 3.0 T DWI can monitor the pathological process of rabbit liver ischemia reperfusion injury dynamically, and provides a feasible imaging modality for clinical diagnosis and treatment. (authors)

  3. Precision study of the eta-3He system using the d+p->3He+eta reaction

    Mersmann, T; Chiladze, D; Dymov, S; Hartmann, M; Hejny, V; Kacharava, A K; Keshelashvili, I; Khoukaz, A; Kulessa, P; Maeda, Y; Mielke, M; Mikirtychiants, S; Ohm, H; Papenbrock, M; Prasuhn, D; Rathmann, F; Rausmann, T; Schleichert, R; Serdyuk, V; Stein, H J; Ströher, H; Täschner, A; Valdau, Y; Wilkin, C; Wro'nska, A; Valdau, Yu.

    2007-01-01

    The differential and total cross sections for the d+p->3He+eta reaction have been measured in a high precision high statistics COSY-ANKE experiment near threshold using a continuous beam energy ramp up to an excess energy Q of 11.3 MeV with essentially 100% acceptance. The kinematics allowed the mean value of Q to be determined to about 9 keV. Evidence is found for the effects of higher partial waves for Q>4 MeV. The very rapid rise of the total cross section to its maximum value within 0.5 MeV of threshold implies a very large eta-3He scattering length and hence the presence of a quasi-bound state extremely close to threshold.

  4. OBSERVATIONS OF SOLAR ENERGETIC PARTICLES FROM 3He-RICH EVENTS OVER A WIDE RANGE OF HELIOGRAPHIC LONGITUDE

    A prevailing model for the origin of 3He-rich solar energetic particle (SEP) events attributes particle acceleration to processes associated with the reconnection between closed magnetic field lines in an active region and neighboring open field lines. The open field from the small reconnection volume then provides a path along which accelerated particles escape into a relatively narrow range of angles in the heliosphere. The narrow width (standard deviation 3He-rich SEP events detected at a single spacecraft at 1 AU supports this model. We report multispacecraft observations of individual 3He-rich SEP events that occurred during the solar minimum time period from 2007 January through 2011 January using instrumentation carried by the two Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory spacecraft and the Advanced Composition Explorer. We find that detections of 3He-rich events at pairs of spacecraft are not uncommon, even when their longitudinal separation is >60°. We present the observations of the 3He-rich event of 2010 February 7, which was detected at all three spacecraft when they spanned 136° in heliographic longitude. Measured fluences of 3He in this event were found to have a strong dependence on longitude which is well fit by a Gaussian with standard deviation ∼48° centered at the longitude that is connected to the source region by a nominal Parker spiral magnetic field. We discuss several mechanisms for distributing flare-accelerated particles over a wide range of heliographic longitudes including interplanetary diffusion perpendicular to the magnetic field, spreading of a compact cluster of open field lines between the active region and the source surface where the field becomes radial and opens out into the heliosphere, and distortion of the interplanetary field by a preceding coronal mass ejection. Statistical studies of additional 3He-rich events detected at multiple spacecraft will be needed to establish the relative importance of the various mechanisms.

  5. Nuclear reaction analysis as a tool for the 3He thermal evolution in Li2TiO3 ceramics

    Carella, E.; Sauvage, T.; Bès, R.; Courtois, B.; González, M.

    2014-08-01

    Li2TiO3 ceramic is one of the promising solid breeding candidates for fuel generation in deuterium-tritium Fusion reactors. The Tritium (T) release characteristics consist of a complex combination of gas diffusion stages inside the solid. Considering that this ceramic will produce high concentration of gaseous transmutation products (3H and 4He) when exposed to high-energy neutrons, there are considerable interests in studying 3He thermal evolution for the fundamental understanding of the light ion behavior in breeder blanket materials under reactor conditions. 3He atoms used to simulate the 4He incorporation were implanted by a 600 keV ion beam at a fluence of 1017 at/cm2 and the 3He(d,α)1H nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) technique was subsequently used to study depth profiles evolution after different thermal annealing treatments. The release experiments showed that 3He outgassing is not effective at room temperature, remaining quite negligible till 300 °C. After this temperature, the 3He content in the sample reduces steadily with increasing the annealing temperature, and less than 5% of the initial 3He concentration was found at 900 °C after an isochronal annealing, without significant depth-profile broadening. Scanning and transmission electron microscopies characterization highlight the microstructural changes of the implanted and annealed ceramic within the nuclear cascades zone. The correlation of results obtained by electron microscopy and NRA technique leads to the conclusion that the helium release is governed by a transport mechanism that involves rapid migration/diffusion through interconnected gas cavities and resulting microcracks before reaching grain boundaries and opened pores.

  6. Reproducibility and changes in the apparent diffusion coefficients of solid tumours treated with combretastatin A4 phosphate and bevacizumab in a two-centre phase I clinical trial

    The purpose was to determine the reproducibility of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements in a two-centre phase I clinical trial; and to track ADC changes in response to the sequential administration of the vascular disrupting agent, combretastatin A4 phosphate (CA4P), and the anti-angiogenic drug, bevacizumab. Sixteen patients with solid tumours received CA4P and bevacizumab treatment. Echo-planar diffusion-weighted MRI was performed using six b values (b = 0-750 s/mm2) before (x 2), and at 3 and 72 h after a first dose of CA4P. Bevacizumab was given 4 h after a second dose of CA4P, and imaging performed 3 h post CA4P and 72 h after bevacizumab treatment. The coefficient of repeatability (r) of ADC total (all b values), ADC high (b = 100-750) and ADC low (b = 0-100) was calculated by Bland-Altman analysis. The ADC total and ADC high showed good measurement reproducibility (r% = 13.3, 14.1). There was poor reproducibility of the perfusion-sensitive ADC low (r% = 62.5). Significant increases in the median ADC total and ADC high occurred at 3 h after the second dose of CA4P (p < 0.05). ADC measurements were highly reproducible in a two-centre clinical trial setting and appear promising for evaluating the effects of drugs that target tumour vasculature. (orig.)

  7. Effects of gender, age, and body mass index on fat contents and apparent diffusion coefficients in healthy parotid glands: an MRI evaluation

    To establish standard apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the fat content as a function of age, gender and body mass index (BMI) in healthy parotid glands, and to address the influences of fat suppression on ADC measurements. A total of 100 healthy adults (gender and age evenly distributed) were prospectively recruited, with parotid fat content measured from gradient-echo images with fat-water separated using iterative decomposition with echo asymmetry and least squares (IDEAL). The ADCs were estimated using both fat-saturated and non-fat-saturated diffusion-weighted imaging via a periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER) technique. Parotid fat content was larger in men than in women by about 10 percentage points (P < 0.005), and positively associated with BMI and age for both genders (mostly with P < 0.001). ADCs estimated with non-fat-saturated PROPELLER were significantly lower in men than in women (P < 0.005), but showed no gender difference if measured using fat-saturated PROPELLER (P = 0.840). The negative association between parotid ADC and age/BMI/fat (P < 0.001) showed greater regression slopes in non-fat-saturated PROPELLER than in fat-saturated data. Parotid fat content in healthy adults correlates positively with both age and BMI; the correlation with age is gender-dependent. Parotid ADC measurements are strongly influenced by fat saturation. (orig.)

  8. The posttreatment mean apparent diffusion coefficient of primary tumor is superior to pretreatment ADCmean of primary tumor as a predictor of prognosis with cervical cancer

    The objective of this study was to investigate the correlation of pretreatment and posttreatment measurements as the mean apparent diffusion coefficient (ADCmean) by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) findings with prognostic factors in patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of primary cervical cancer. The pretreatment and posttreatment ADCmean of the primary tumor were examined for their correlations with the prognosis in 69 patients with SCC of primary cervical cancer by radiotherapy (RT) with or without concurrent chemotherapy (CCRT). The median disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) times of patients were 20.97 and 23.47 months (follow-up periods for DFS and OS: 1–72 and 1–72 months). The DFS and OS rates of patients with low pretreatment and posttreatment ADCmean of the primary tumor were also significantly worse than those of patients exhibiting high pretreatment and posttreatment ADCmean of the primary tumor (DFS; P = 0.0130 and P < 0.0001, OS; P = 0.0010 and P < 0.0001). Multivariate analyses showed that low posttreatment ADCmean of the primary tumor was an independent prognostic factor for DFS and OS (P < 0.0001 and P < 0.0001). The low posttreatment ADCmean of the primary tumor is a useful clinical prognostic biomarker for recurrence and survival in patients with cervical cancer. The low posttreatment ADCmean of the primary tumor is a useful clinical prognostic biomarker for recurrence and survival in patients with cervical cancer

  9. Effects of gender, age, and body mass index on fat contents and apparent diffusion coefficients in healthy parotid glands: an MRI evaluation

    Chang, Hing-Chiu [National Taiwan University, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Electronics and Bioinformatics, Taipei (China); Duke University Medical Center, Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, Durham, NC (United States); GE Healthcare, Applied Science Laboratory, Taipei (China); Juan, Chun-Jung; Hsu, Hsian-He [National Defense Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Taipei (China); Tri-Service General Hospital, Department of Radiology, Taipei (China); Chiu, Hui-Chu [Tatung University, Graduate Institute of Design Science, Taipei (China); Cheng, Cheng-Chieh; Chiu, Su-Chin [National Taiwan University, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Electronics and Bioinformatics, Taipei (China); Liu, Yi-Jui [Feng Chia University, Department of Automatic Control Engineering, Taichung (China); Chung, Hsiao-Wen [National Taiwan University, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Electronics and Bioinformatics, Taipei (China); Tri-Service General Hospital, Department of Radiology, Taipei (China); National Taiwan University, MD.624, Department of Electrical Engineering, Taipei (China)

    2014-09-15

    To establish standard apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the fat content as a function of age, gender and body mass index (BMI) in healthy parotid glands, and to address the influences of fat suppression on ADC measurements. A total of 100 healthy adults (gender and age evenly distributed) were prospectively recruited, with parotid fat content measured from gradient-echo images with fat-water separated using iterative decomposition with echo asymmetry and least squares (IDEAL). The ADCs were estimated using both fat-saturated and non-fat-saturated diffusion-weighted imaging via a periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER) technique. Parotid fat content was larger in men than in women by about 10 percentage points (P < 0.005), and positively associated with BMI and age for both genders (mostly with P < 0.001). ADCs estimated with non-fat-saturated PROPELLER were significantly lower in men than in women (P < 0.005), but showed no gender difference if measured using fat-saturated PROPELLER (P = 0.840). The negative association between parotid ADC and age/BMI/fat (P < 0.001) showed greater regression slopes in non-fat-saturated PROPELLER than in fat-saturated data. Parotid fat content in healthy adults correlates positively with both age and BMI; the correlation with age is gender-dependent. Parotid ADC measurements are strongly influenced by fat saturation. (orig.)

  10. Intercomparison of tritium and noble gases analyses, 3H/3He ages and derived parameters excess air and recharge temperature

    Highlights: • Key results of the groundwater age-dating interlaboratory comparison exercise. • The reproducibility of the tritium measurements was 13.5%. • The noble gas reproducibility was <2% (R, He, Ne) and <3% (Ar, Kr, Xe). • The measurement uncertainty meets the requirements for 3H/3He dating. • Other sources of uncertainty are less well defined than the analytical uncertainty. - Abstract: Groundwater age dating with the tritium–helium (3H/3He) method has become a powerful tool for hydrogeologists. The uncertainty of the apparent 3H/3He age depends on the analytical precision of the 3H measurement and the uncertainty of the tritiogenic 3He component. The goal of this study, as part of the groundwater age-dating interlaboratory comparison exercise, was to quantify the analytical uncertainty of the 3H and noble gas measurements and to assess whether they meet the requirements for 3H/3He dating and noble gas paleotemperature reconstruction. Samples for the groundwater dating intercomparison exercise were collected on 1 February, 2012, from three previously studied wells in the Paris Basin (France). Fourteen laboratories participated in the intercomparison for tritium analyses and ten laboratories participated in the noble gas intercomparison. Not all laboratories analyzed samples from every borehole. The reproducibility of the tritium measurements was 13.5%. The reproducibility of the 3He/4He ratio and 4He, Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe concentrations was 1.4%, 1.8%, 1.5%, 2.2%, 2.9%, and 2.4% respectively. The uncertainty of the tritium and noble gas measurements results in a typical 3H/3He age precision of better than 2.5 years in this case. However, the measurement uncertainties for the noble gas concentrations are insufficient to distinguish the appropriate excess air model if the measured helium concentration is not included. While the analytical uncertainty introduces an unavoidable source of uncertainty in the 3H/3He apparent age estimate, other sources of

  11. Superfluid phase of 3He-B near the boundary

    Following our analysis of some older and most recent transverse sound experiments in superfluid 3He-B we have been able to solve one of the long-existing problem of superfluid quantum liquids in confined geometry, namely, answer a question what is the boundary state of 3He-B. We have devoted specific attention to the differences between transverse sound experiments data from that obtained in longitudinal sound experiments. In our analysis, we have considered several potentially possible explanations of the above experimental data: existence of a new superfluid phase in the vicinity of the boundary; excitation of different branches of squashing mode by longitudinal and transverse sounds and, finally, deformation of the B-phase near the boundary. The last possibility seems to be the most likely explanation implying that the boundary state of 3He-B is, in fact, the deformed B- phase, as was first suggested by Brusov and Popov about two decades ago for a case of presence of external perturbations such as a magnetic and an electric fields. Our result implies that influence of a wall or, in other words, a confined geometry does not lead to the existence of a new phase near the boundary, as had been suggested many years ago, but, instead, similarly to the case of other external perturbations (such as magnetic, electric fields etc.), the wall deforms the order parameter of the B-phase and this deformation leads to several very important consequences. For example, frequencies of the collective modes in the vicinity of the boundary change by up to about 20 percent.

  12. Hard breakup of two nucleons from the 3He nucleus

    We investigate a large angle photodisintegration of two nucleons from the 3He nucleus within the framework of the hard rescattering model (HRM). In the HRM a quark of one nucleon knocked out by an incoming photon rescatters with a quark of the other nucleon leading to the production of two nucleons with large relative momentum. Assuming the dominance of the quark-interchange mechanism in a hard nucleon-nucleon scattering, the HRM allows the expression of the amplitude of a two-nucleon breakup reaction through the convolution of photon-quark scattering, NN hard scattering amplitude, and nuclear spectral function, which can be calculated using a nonrelativistic 3He wave function. The photon-quark scattering amplitude can be explicitly calculated in the high energy regime, whereas for NN scattering one uses the fit of the available experimental data. The HRM predicts several specific features for the hard breakup reaction. First, the cross section will approximately scale as s-11. Second, the s11 weighted cross section will have the shape of energy dependence similar to that of s10 weighted NN elastic scattering cross section. Also one predicts an enhancement of the pp breakup relative to the pn breakup cross section as compared to the results from low energy kinematics. Another result is the prediction of different spectator momentum dependencies of pp and pn breakup cross sections. This is due to the fact that the same-helicity pp-component is strongly suppressed in the ground state wave function of 3He. Because of this suppression the HRM predicts significantly different asymmetries for the cross section of polarization transfer NN breakup reactions for circularly polarized photons. For the pp breakup this asymmetry is predicted to be zero while for the pn it is close to (2/3).

  13. Vortex clusters in superfluid 3He-B

    A unique property of 3He-B is vortex-free rotation, due to a high nucleation threshold of the singular vortices. In contrast to other superfluids, rotational states consisting of a vortex cluster surrounded by vortex-free counterflow form spontaneously and can also be prepared with a fixed number of vortices. The clusters can be analyzed by means of NMR measurements with high precision. These techniques have been exploited to study rotational states in the presence of different phase boundaries. (orig.)

  14. Meson Photoproduction off the Deuteron and off 3He

    Photoproduction of mesons off the deuteron and He nuclei has been studied at the tagged photon facilities of the Bonn ELSA accelerator and the Mainz MAMI accelerator with the Crystal/ setup (Mainz). Meson photoproduction off the neutron has been investigated for different final states (πo, πo πo, πo π-, η, η', ηπo). A surprising finding was a narrow structure in the γn→nη excitation function, which is not seen in the proton case. Photoproduction off 3He has provided further evidence for the formation of an h-mesic state.

  15. /sup 3/He and 4f instable compounds

    Flouquet, J.; Jaccard, J. (Centre de Recherches sur les Tres Basses Temperatures, C.N.R.S., 38 - Grenoble (France)); Ribault, M. (Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Universite de Paris-Sud, 91 - Orsay (France))

    1984-01-01

    The high localization of the 4f electron and the possibility of a weak delocalization through the coupling with the itinerant electrons lead to Fermi liquid properties. With the example of CeAl/sub 3/, the main role of the coherence between the Ce is emphasized at low temperature. Thermal dilatation data show the transition from a regime of almost independent Kondo centers to a regime of coherent Kondo centers. The occurence of the superconductivity in the heavy fermion CeCu/sub 2/Si/sub 2/ is discussed and compared to the superfluidity of liquid /sup 3/He.

  16. High-pressure /sup 3/He gas scintillation neutron spectrometer

    Derzon, M.S.; Slaughter, D.R.; Prussin, S.G.

    1985-10-01

    A high-pressure, /sup 3/He-Xe gas scintillation spectrometer has been developed for neutron spectroscopy on D-D fusion plasmas. The spectrometer exhibits an energy resolution of (121 +- 20 keV) keV (FWHM) at 2.5 MeV and an efficiency of (1.9 +- 0.4) x 10/sup -3/ (n/cm/sup 2/)/sup -1/. The contribution to the resolution (FWHM) from counting statistics is only (22 +- 3 keV) and the remainder is due predominantly to the variation of light collection efficiency with location of neutron events within the active volume of the detector.

  17. Diffusion weighted imaging for quantification of liver fibrosis in patients using normalized apparent diffusion coefficient values at 3.0 T MR

    Objective: The purpose of this study is to discuss the diagnostic accuracy of normalized liver ADC using the spleen and renal cortex as reference organs for the diagnosis of liver fibrosis. Methods: Forty three patients with liver disease (chronic liver disease group) at compensated stage and 10 healthy volunteers (control group) were retrospectively assessed with diffusion-weighted imaging at a 3.0 T MR unit. Liver ADC, spleen ADC, renal ADC and normalized ADC (defined as the ratio of liver ADC to spleen ADC or renal cortex ADC, S-ADC and R-ADC for short) were measured in patients stratified by fibrosis stage. Spearman analysis was used to see the correlation between fibrosis stages and ADC, one-way ANOVA was used to compare the ADCs in different fibrosis stages. Logistic regression analysis was used to determine the performance of ADC for prediction of liver fibrosis, and show the area under the curve (AUC), sensitivity and specificity choosing the optimal cutoff value that maximized the Youden index. Results: Ten volunteers belonged to S0 stage. From S0 to S4 stage, there were 2, 5, 9, 12 and 15 patients, correspondingly, liver ADC were (1.37±0.13) ×10-3, (1.33±0.16) ×10-3, (1.17±0.16) ×10-3, (1.23±0.14) ×10-3 and (1.12 ±0.11) × 10-3 mm2/s, S-ADC were 1.86 ±0.18, 1.68 ±0.12, 1.34 ±0.14, 1.48 ±0.15 and 1.34±0.10, R-ADC were 0.71 ±0.08, 0.68 ±0.12, 0.61 ±0.09, 0.64 ±0.11 and 0.60 ±0.08 respectively, and the differences among them were significant (F=6.48, 18.70 and 3.04, P<0.05). The correlation between fibrosis stage and S-ADC was stronger than between fibrosis stage and liver ADC, R-ADC (r=-0.71, -0.51, -0.41; P<0.01). S-ADC was superior to liver ADC and R-ADC for detection of S2, S3 and S4 fibrosis stage (Youden index: 0.91, 0.58, and 0.59). Conclusion: Spleen normalized liver ADC improves diagnostic accuracy for detection of liver fibrosis than liver ADC and renal normalized liver ADC. (authors)

  18. First observation of two hyperfine transitions in antiprotonic 3He

    We report on the first experimental results for microwave spectroscopy of the hyperfine structure of p-bar3He+. Due to the helium nuclear spin, p-bar3He+ has a more complex hyperfine structure than p-bar4He+, which has already been studied before. Thus a comparison between theoretical calculations and the experimental results will provide a more stringent test of the three-body quantum electrodynamics (QED) theory. Two out of four super-super-hyperfine (SSHF) transition lines of the (n,L)=(36,34) state were observed. The measured frequencies of the individual transitions are 11.12559(14) GHz and 11.15839(18) GHz, less than 1 MHz higher than the current theoretical values, but still within their estimated errors. Although the experimental uncertainty for the difference of these frequencies is still very large as compared to that of theory, its measured value agrees with theoretical calculations. This difference is crucial to be determined because it is proportional to the magnetic moment of the antiproton.

  19. Hard photodisintegration of a proton pair in {sup 3}He

    Stanley Brodsky; Leonid Frankfurt; Ronald Gilman; J. R. Hiller; G. A. Miller; Eliezer Piasetzky; Misak Sargsian; Mark Strikman

    2003-05-01

    Hard photodisintegration of the deuteron has been extensively studied in order to understand the dynamics of the transition from hadronic to quark-gluon descriptions of the strong interaction. In this work, we discuss the extension of this program to hard photodisintegration of a pp pair in the {sup 3}He nucleus. Experimental confirmation of new features predicted here for the suggested reaction would advance our understanding of hard nuclear reactions. A main prediction, in contrast with low-energy observations, is that the pp breakup cross section is not much smaller than the one for pn break up. In some models, the energy-dependent oscillations observed for pp scattering are predicted to appear in the {gamma} {sup 3}He {yields} pp + n reaction. Such an observation would open up a completely new field in studies of color coherence phenomena in hard nuclear reactions. We also demonstrate that, in addition to the energy dependence, the measurement of the light-cone momentum distribution of the recoil neutron provides an independent test of the underlying dynamics of hard disintegration.

  20. The 3H–3He Charge Radii Difference

    Myers L. S.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The upcoming E12-14-009 [1] experiment at Jefferson Lab will determine the ratio of the electric form factors for the A=3 mirror nuclei 3He and 3H. The measurement will use a 1.1 GeV electron beam, a special collimator plate to allow for simultaneous optics measurements, and the low-activity tritium target being prepared for Jefferson Lab. By observing the dependence of the form factor ratio as a function of Q2 over 0.05–0.09 GeV2, the dependence of the radii extraction on the shape of the form factors is minimized. As a result, we anticipate the uncertainty of the extracted charge radii difference to be 0.03 fm, a reduction of 70% from the current measurement. Using precise measurements of the 3He charge radius from isotopic shift or μHe measurements [2–4], we can deduce the absolute 3H charge radius. The results will provide a direct comparison to recent calculations of the charge radii.

  1. Neutron scattering from liquid {sup 3}He at intermediate energies

    Guckelsberger, K. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany); Azuah, R.T. [Department of Physics, Keele University, Keele Staffordshire, ST5 5BG (United Kingdom)]|[Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0Qx (United Kingdom); Stirling, W.G. [Keele University (United Kingdom); Bennington, S.M.; Yates, M. [Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0Qx (United Kingdom)

    1997-06-01

    Understanding the dynamics of strongly interacting quantum liquids is at the heart of much of contemporary physics and the archetypal Fermi liquid is {sup 3}He at low temperatures. However, due to the enormous absorption of neutrons by {sup 3}He, experiments are exceedingly difficult. At very high incident neutron energies (>1 eV), the struck atoms behave as if they were free. In a sense, one can ``switch on the interaction`` by using neutrons with ever lower energies until they are-near 1 meV-comparable to that of the interaction. In the present work we use 80-400 meV neutrons to resolve a long standing puzzle: previous measurements suggested strong fluctuations in the width of the recoil peak that could not be understood in terms of a simple theory. Using improved instrumentation (MARI at the spallation source) and novel sample cell design we could improve statistics by more than one order of magnitude. The new data covering an extended energy range are presented and seem to confirm the theory. (orig.).

  2. Longitudinal nuclear magnetic resonance of 3He-B superfluid

    Experiments which contribute to a better understanding of the 3He superfluid in the B phase are reported: a/ The first direct determinations of the gap parameter at zero temperature are given and the longitudinal N.M.R. frequency signal is measured for various pressures. b/ These experiments show a new saturation phenomenon in the ringing signal decay time Tsub(R)(T) at low temperatures. c/ Under conditions of slight non-linearity the excitation of 3He-B longitudinal N.M.R. gives rise to a special system wherein the ringing signal decay is all the faster as the excitation is stronger. A so-called ''memory'' time is measured distinctly longer than the ringing time measured under quasi-linear excitation conditions. It was found that the ringing signal decay, at first exponential for weak excitations γH1 approximately 7 10-3 Ωsub(L), becomes quasi-linear when the excitation is about γH1 approximately 10-2Ωsub(L). This abnormal behaviour cannot be explained by thermal effects related to N.M.R. excitation nor by inhomogeneity effects of the excitation magnetic field. Our interpretation is that excitations γH1 approximately 10-2 Ωsub(L) cause structural defects in the orientation of the vector n which are found to disappear according to an exponential law in times of around 10 ms

  3. Study of response of 3He detectors to monoenergetic neutrons

    In the search of a hybrid system (the coupling of the particle accelerator to an under-critical reactor) for radioactive waste transmutation the TARC (Transmutation by Adiabatic Resonance Crossing) program has been developed. Due to experimental limitations, the time-energy relation at higher neutron energies, particularly, around 2 MeV, which is an important domain for TARC, cannot be applied. Consequently the responses of the 3He ionization neutron detector developed for TARC experiment have been studied using a fast monoenergetic neutron source. The neutrons were produced by the interaction of the proton delivered by Van de Graaff accelerator of CENBG. The originality of the detector consists in its structure of three series of electric conductors which are mounted around the anode: a grid ensuring the detector proportionality, a cylindrical suit of alternating positive voltage and grounded wires aiming at eliminating the radial end effects, serving as veto and two cylinders serving as end plugs to eliminate the perpendicular end effects. Examples of anode spectra conditioned (in anticoincidence) by the mentioned vetoes are given. One can see the contribution of the elastic scattering from H and 3He. By collimating the neutron beam through a borated polyethylene system it was possible to obtain a mapping of the detector allowing the study of its response as a function of the irradiated zones (anode and grid)

  4. The 3H-3He Charge Radii Difference

    Myers, Luke S. [Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States); Arrington, John R. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Higinbotham, Douglas W. [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States)

    2016-03-01

    The upcoming E12-14-009 [1] experiment at Jefferson Lab will determine the ratio of the electric form factors for the A=3 mirror nuclei 3He and 3H. The measurement will use a 1.1 GeV electron beam, a special collimator plate to allow for simultaneous optics measurements, and the low-activity tritium target being prepared for Jefferson Lab. By observing the dependence of the form factor ratio as a function of Q2 over 0.05–0.09 GeV2, the dependence of the radii extraction on the shape of the form factors is minimized. As a result, we anticipate the uncertainty of the extracted charge radii difference to be 0.03 fm, a reduction of 70% from the current measurement. Using precise measurements of the 3He charge radius from isotopic shift or μHe measurements [2–4], we can deduce the absolute 3H charge radius. The results will provide a direct comparison to recent calculations of the charge radii.

  5. Study of 40Ca(3He,t)40Sc and 9Be(3He,t)9B reactions

    The objective of this research thesis is to perform additional experiments for a better definition of the interaction occurring during the (3He,t) charge exchange reaction, notably in the case of transitions between different layers, and in the case of a target nucleus with a non null spin. In this respect, this thesis addresses the study of 40Ca and 9Be nuclei. After a description of experimental devices and of the obtained performance, the author reports the development of microscopic calculation model within the framework of the DWBA (Distorted Wave Born Approximation). Experimental results are then presented, analysed and discussed

  6. Estimation of the extraterrestrial 3He and 20Ne fluxes on Earth from He and Ne systematics in marine sediments

    Chavrit, Déborah; Moreira, Manuel; Moynier, Frédéric

    2016-04-01

    Sediments contain interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) carrying extraterrestrial noble gases, such as 3He, which have previously been used to estimate the IDP accretion flux over time and the duration of past environmental events. However, due to its high diffusivity, He can be lost by diffusion either due to frictional heating during entry in the atmosphere, or once it has been incorporated in the sediments. Therefore the absolute values of 3He IDP fluxes cannot be known. Due to its lower diffusivity, Ne is less likely to be lost by diffusion than He and can potentially provide an absolute IDP flux value. Here, we studied the Ne and He isotopic composition of 21 sediments of different ages (3 to 38 Myr, 56 Myr and 183 Myr) in order to better constrain the retention of 3He in such deposits. The samples are carbonates from 2 sites of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), which previously showed evidence of detectable extraterrestrial 3He, and from the Sancerre core in the Paris basin. The 3He/4He, 20Ne/22Ne and 21Ne/22Ne ratios of decarbonated residues vary respectively from 0.09×10‑6 to 76.5×10‑6, 9.54±0.08 to 11.30±0.60 and from 0.0295±0.0001 to 0.0344±0.0003. These isotopic compositions can be explained by a mixing between two terrestrial components (atmosphere and radiogenic He and nucleogenic Ne present in the terrigenous fractions) and an extraterrestrial component. The linear relationship between 20Ne/22Ne and 3He/22Ne ratios shows that the extraterrestrial component has a unique composition and is similar to the He and Ne composition of implanted solar wind. This composition is different from the individual stratospheric IDPs for which the Ne and He isotopic compositions have been measured. We suggest that this difference is due to a bias in the sampling of the individual IDPs previously analyzed toward the largest ones that are more likely to lose He during entry in the atmosphere. Our data further constrains the size of the majority of

  7. Estimation of the extraterrestrial 3He and 20Ne fluxes on Earth from He and Ne systematics in marine sediments

    Chavrit, Déborah; Moreira, Manuel A.; Moynier, Frédéric

    2016-02-01

    Sediments contain interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) carrying extraterrestrial noble gases, such as 3He, which have previously been used to estimate the IDP accretion flux over time and the duration of past environmental events. However, due to its high diffusivity, He can be lost by diffusion either due to frictional heating during entry in the atmosphere, or once it has been incorporated in the sediments. Therefore the absolute values of 3He IDP fluxes cannot be known. Due to its lower diffusivity, Ne is less likely to be lost by diffusion than He and can potentially provide an absolute IDP flux value. Here, we studied the Ne and He isotopic composition of 21 sediments of different ages (3 to 38 Myr, 56 Myr and 183 Myr) in order to better constrain the retention of 3He in such deposits. The samples are carbonates from 2 sites of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), which previously showed evidence of detectable extraterrestrial 3He, and from the Sancerre core in the Paris basin. The 3He/4He, 20Ne/22Ne and 21Ne/22Ne ratios of decarbonated residues vary respectively from 0.09 ×10-6 to 76.5 ×10-6, 9.54 ± 0.08 to 11.30 ± 0.60 and from 0.0295 ± 0.0001 to 0.0344 ± 0.0003. These isotopic compositions can be explained by a mixing between two terrestrial components (atmosphere and radiogenic He and nucleogenic Ne present in the terrigenous fractions) and an extraterrestrial component. The linear relationship between 20Ne/22Ne and 3He/22Ne ratios shows that the extraterrestrial component has a unique composition and is similar to the He and Ne composition of implanted solar wind. This composition is different from the individual stratospheric IDPs for which the Ne and He isotopic compositions have been measured. We suggest that this difference is due to a bias in the sampling of the individual IDPs previously analyzed toward the largest ones that are more likely to lose He during entry in the atmosphere. Our data further constrains the size of the majority

  8. A dynamic model for power deposition in 3He lasers pumped by 3He(n,p) 3H reactions

    Çetin, Füsun

    2004-07-01

    The coupled variation of power density with gas density in a nuclear-pumped laser, which is excited by 3He(n,p) 3H reaction products, is considered. In the literature, volumetric excitation by reaction products of 3He(n,p) 3H is only considered for the case in which gas density is uniform and does not change during the pumping. In this work, a time-dependent model describing the coupled fluid dynamic and particle transport behaviour of the gas has been developed. In modelling charge particle transport behaviour, a previously reported energy deposition model for a constant gas density is extended for a variable gas density by taking into account variations in the particle range, macroscopic cross sections and neutron flux depending on density field of the gas. The coupled equations, which are obtained by using the power deposition density expression obtained for variable gas density in the acoustically filtered equations of motion of the gas, are solved numerically. Spatial and temporal variations of power deposition density and gas density during the pumping pulse are determined for various operating pressures ranging from 0.5 to 10 atm. In the calculations, the characteristics of I.T.U TRIGA Mark-II Reactor are used and it is assumed that laser tube is placed in the centre of the reactor core. Obtained results are presented and examined.

  9. Significance of apparent diffusion coefficient measurement for the differential diagnosis of multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, and Parkinson's disease: evaluation by 3.0-T MR imaging

    The clinical differentiation of Parkinson's disease (PD) from multiple system atrophy (MSA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) may be challenging, especially in their early stages. The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurement to distinguish among these degenerative disorders. Twenty-five MSA, 20 PSP, and 17 PD patients and 18 healthy controls were retrospectively studied. Axial diffusion-weighted and T2-weighted images were obtained using a 3-T MR system. Regions of interest (ROIs) were precisely placed in the midbrain, pons, putamen, globus pallidus, caudate nucleus, thalamus, superior cerebellar peduncle, middle cerebellar peduncle, cerebellar white matter, and cerebellar dentate nucleus, and the regional ADC (rADC) value was calculated in each ROI. In MSA, rADC values in the pons, middle cerebellar peduncle, cerebellar white matter, and cerebellar dentate nucleus were significantly higher than in PSP, PD, and controls. Furthermore, rADC values in the posterior putamen were significantly higher in MSA than in PSP and controls. In PSP, rADC values were significantly higher in the globus pallidus and midbrain than in MSA, PD, and controls. Furthermore, rADC values in the caudate nucleus and superior cerebellar peduncle were significantly higher in PSP than in MSA and controls. In PD, there were no significant differences in the rADC values compared to in MSA, PSP, and controls in all regions. Evaluation of rADC values in characteristic lesions in MSA, PSP, and PD by placing ROIs using 3-T systems can provide useful additional information for differentiating these disorders. (orig.)

  10. Pretreatment Apparent Diffusion Coefficient of the Primary Lesion Correlates With Local Failure in Head-and-Neck Cancer Treated With Chemoradiotherapy or Radiotherapy

    Purpose: This study was performed to evaluate whether the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of a primary lesion correlates with local failure in primary head-and-neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) treated with chemoradiotherapy or radiotherapy. Methods and Materials: We retrospectively studied 38 patients with primary HNSCC (12 oropharynx, 20 hypopharynx, 4 larynx, 2 oral cavity) treated with chemoradiotherapy or radiotherapy with radiation dose to gross tumor volume equal to or over 60 Gy and who underwent pretreatment magnetic resonance imaging, including diffusion-weighted imaging. Ten patients developed local failure during follow-up periods of 2.0 to 9.3 months, and the remaining 28 showed local control during follow-up periods of 10.5 to 31.7 months. The variables that could affect local failure (age, tumor volume, ADC, T stage, N stage, dose, treatment method, tumor location, and overall treatment time) were analyzed using logistic regression analyses for all 38 patients and for 17 patients with Stage T3 or T4 disease. Results: In univariate logistic analysis for all 38 cases, tumor volume, ADC, T stage, and treatment method showed significant (p < 0.05) associations with local failure. In multivariate analysis, ADC and T stage revealed significance (p < 0.01). In univariate logistic analysis for the 17 patients with Stage T3 or T4 disease, ADC and dose showed significant (p < 0.01) associations with local failure. In multivariate analysis, ADC alone showed significance (p < 0.05). Conclusions: The results suggest that pretreatment ADC, along with T stage, is a potential indicator of local failure in HNSCC treated with chemoradiotherapy or radiotherapy.

  11. APT 3He target/blanket. Topical report

    The 3He target/blanket (T/B) preconceptual design for the 3/8-Goal facility is based on a 1000-MeV, 200-mA accelerator to produce a high-intensity proton beam that is expanded and then strikes one of two T/B modules. Each module consists of a centralized neutron source made of tungsten and lead, a proton beam backstop region made of zirconium and lead, and a moderator made of D2O. Helium-3 gas is circulated through the neutron source region and the blanket to create tritium through neutron capture. The gas is continually processed to extract the tritium with an online separation process

  12. Realization of administration unit for 3He with gas recycling

    Since many years hyperpolarized (HP) noble gases are used for MR-imaging of the lung. In the beginning the HP gas was filled in Tedlar-bags and directly inhaled by the patients. An administration unit was built respectively to the Medical Devices Law to administer patients HP noble gas boli (3He,129Xe) in defined quantities and at a predefined time during inspiration with high reproducibility and reliability without reducing MR-quality. The patient's airflows are monitored and recorded. It is possible to use gas admixtures, measure the polarization on line and collect the exhaled gas for later recycling. The first images with healthy volunteers were taken with this setup in a clinical study. Current results will be presented.

  13. Nuclear spin dynamics in solid 3He at ultralow temperatures

    In this thesis the experimental study of the spin dynamics of solid 3He is described. By means of magnetization measurements above 3 mK a Curie-Weiss behaviour was found with θW∼2.1 mK and by this an order parameter of J=θWkB/∼-0.5 KkB was observed, while in the range of 1 to 3 mK a pure Curie behaviour was found. By means of NMR measurements the values of τ1(6 mK)=240 ms±12 ms and τ1(1 mK)∼ 40 ms were determined, while spin-echo measurements yielded the spin-spin relaxation time τ2(6 mK)=4540 μs±140 μs. Furthermore neutron scattering studies were performed. (HSI)

  14. Vortex structure in rotational state superfluid 3He

    The structure of vortices in rotational superfluid 3He is considered. It is marked that in the A-phase quantum vortices are possible, in which the A-phase superfluid state is never disturbed. As a consequence of a discrete combined invariance (calibration transformation plus rotation of a spin subsystem) one more exotic type of vortices is possible in the A-phase. This is a hybrid of disclination in a magnetic anisotropy vector field d (with a half-integer Frank index) and vortex that possesses a half-integer number of circulation quanta. Such vortices can be observed at rotation of the A-phase confined between parallel plates. The vortex properties in the B-phase are determined by a continuous combined symmetry. The calculations show the vortex in the β-phase at low pressures to be in the ν-state. The vortices considered are observed in the NMR experiments

  15. Preparations for HFS spectroscopy of antiprotonic 3He

    Full text: Antiprotonic helium (pHe) is a neutral exotic atom, consisting of a helium nucleus, an electron and an antiproton. The interactions of the angular momenta and spins of its constituents cause splitting within the principle states. The measured transition frequencies between hyperfine levels can be compared with three-body QED calculations as a test of the theory. Previous measurements have been performed on p4He. The next two years will be dedicated to measuring a similar transition within p3He. Due to the additional coupling to the helion spin, it consists of an octuplet of states instead of a quadruplet. A new microwave cavity has been designed and is being constructed for the transition frequency of 11.14 GHz. This cavity has been simulated using the high frequency structure simulator HFSS to obtain the correct cavity dimensions. A new cryostat to cool the target is under construction. Numerical simulations are also in progress. (author)

  16. Muon capture on the deuteron and 3He

    Elmeshneb A. E.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We plan to investigate the role of meson exchange currents in the description of the µ− + d → νµ + n + n and µ− + 3He → νµ + 3H reactions. They both are treated as the decay of the corresponding muonic atoms, with the muon initially on the lowest K shell. The muon binding energy in these atoms can be safely neglected and in the initial state we deal essentially with the deuteron (or 3He and muon at rest. These two reactions are interesting for several reasons. First of all, they offer a testing ground for the nuclear wave functions, which for any nucleon-nucleon (NN and three-nucleon (3N forces can be constructed for such light systems with great accuracy. In these reactions few-nucleon weak current operators are an important dynamical ingredient. In the current operators apart from the relatively well known single nucleon contributions, two-nucleon parts (generated by various meson exchanges play an important role. Their details are not well known and several models should be considered. We present our formalism for dealing with these reactions and a simple method for partial wave decomposition of the two-nucleon operators. The crucial nuclear matrix elements of the corresponding weak current operators will be calculated in the momentum space and using partial wave decomposition. The effect of meson exchanges will be investigated in the energy spectrum of the emitted neutrinos (in the deuteron case and in the total decay rates for the two reactions. We will employ various models of NN and 3N forces, such as the Bonn B or chiral NNLO potentials. Our results with the single nucleon currents look already very promising and we hope for the improvement in the description of the experimental data, when dominant two-nucleon current operators are included in our framework.

  17. A spatiotemporal theory for MRI T2 relaxation time and apparent diffusion coefficient in the brain during acute ischaemia: Application and validation in a rat acute stroke model.

    Knight, Michael J; McGarry, Bryony L; Rogers, Harriet J; Jokivarsi, Kimmo T; Gröhn, Olli Hj; Kauppinen, Risto A

    2016-07-01

    The objective of this study is to present a mathematical model which can describe the spatiotemporal progression of cerebral ischaemia and predict magnetic resonance observables including the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of water and transverse relaxation time T2 This is motivated by the sensitivity of the ADC to the location of cerebral ischaemia and T2 to its time-course, and that it has thus far proven challenging to relate observations of changes in these MR parameters to stroke timing, which is of considerable importance in making treatment choices in clinics. Our mathematical model, called the cytotoxic oedema/dissociation (CED) model, is based on the transit of water from the extra- to the intra-cellular environment (cytotoxic oedema) and concomitant degradation of supramacromolecular and macromolecular structures (such as microtubules and the cytoskeleton). It explains experimental observations of ADC and T2, as well as identifying the rate of spread of effects of ischaemia through a tissue as a dominant system parameter. The model brings the direct extraction of the timing of ischaemic stroke from quantitative MRI closer to reality, as well as providing insight on ischaemia pathology by imaging in general. We anticipate that this may improve patient access to thrombolytic treatment as a future application. PMID:26661188

  18. The apparent diffusion coefficient of a primary lesion correlates with local failure of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma treated with radiotherapy. President award proceedings

    We prospectively investigated whether the value of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of a primary lesion prior to treatment correlated with local failure of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) following radiotherapy. In 17 patients who underwent radiotherapy for primary HNSCC, we compared variables considered to affect local failure, including parameters related to magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, such as ADC and its alteration ratio, between cases of local failure and controls and analyzed survival among those patients in whom the variables differed or demonstrated association with local failure. We also retrospectively analyzed variables in a validation study of 40 patients. In the prospective study, pretreatment values of ADChigh (calculated with b-values of 300, 500, 750, and 1000 s/mm2) alone showed significant association with local failure (P=0.0186). In the validation study, pretreatment values of tumor volume (P=0.0217) and ADChigh (P=0.0001) were significantly associated with local failure. Pretreatment ADChigh was superior to pretreatment tumor volume regarding association with local failure. These results suggest that pretreatment values of both ADC obtained using high b-values and tumor volume correlate with local failure of HNSCC treated with radiotherapy. (author)

  19. Nuclear spin dynamics in solid {sup 3}He at ultralow temperatures; Kernspindynamik in festem {sup 3}He bei ultratiefen Temperaturen

    Kath, Matthias

    2009-11-06

    In this thesis the experimental study of the spin dynamics of solid {sup 3}He is described. By means of magnetization measurements above 3 mK a Curie-Weiss behaviour was found with {theta}{sub W}{approx}2.1 mK and by this an order parameter of J={theta}{sub W}k{sub B}/{approx}-0.5 Kk{sub B} was observed, while in the range of 1 to 3 mK a pure Curie behaviour was found. By means of NMR measurements the values of {tau}{sub 1}(6 mK)=240 ms{+-}12 ms and {tau}{sub 1}(1 mK){approx} 40 ms were determined, while spin-echo measurements yielded the spin-spin relaxation time {tau}{sub 2}(6 mK)=4540 {mu}s{+-}140 {mu}s. Furthermore neutron scattering studies were performed. (HSI)

  20. The interfacial thermal resistance between bulk superfluid 3He and liquid 3He in aerogel at ultralow temperatures

    We present the first measurements of the thermal boundary resistance of the interface between the two different liquid phases: bulk superfluid and liquid confined in aerogel. We set up a heat flow along a liquid-filled tube containing a plug of 98% aerogel, and measure the temperature at the two ends. At the lowest temperatures, the resistance is dominated by the boundary resistance at the aerogel surfaces and is unaffected by the superfluid transition of the 3He in the aerogel. Whereas in conventional Kapitza resistance the boundary conductance is limited by acoustic mismatch, here the conductance is limited by an energy mismatch, since quasiparticles with energies above the bulk B-phase gap may freely cross the interface, while those with lower energies are confined to the aerogel

  1. Incorporating 3-D parent nuclide zonation for apatite 4He/3He thermochronometry: An example from the Appalachian Mountains

    Fox, Matthew; McKeon, Ryan E.; Shuster, David L.

    2014-11-01

    ability to constrain km-scale exhumation with apatite 4He/3He thermochronometry is well established and the technique has been applied to a range of tectonic and geomorphic problems. However, multiple sources of uncertainty in specific crystal characteristics limit the applicability of the method, especially when geologic problems require identifying small perturbations in a cooling path. Here we present new 4He/3He thermochronometric data from the Appalachian Mountains, which indicate significant parent nuclide zonation in an apatite crystal. Using LA-ICPMS measurements of U and Th in the same crystal, we design a 3-D model of the crystal to explore the effects of intracrystal variability in radiation damage accumulation. We describe a numerical approach to solve the 3-D production-diffusion equation. Using our numerical model and a previously determined time temperature path for this part of the Appalachians, we find excellent agreement between predicted and observed 4He/3He spectra. Our results confirm this time-temperature path and highlight that for complex U and Th zonation patterns, 3-D numerical models are required to infer an accurate time-temperature history. In addition, our results provide independent and novel evidence for a radiation damage control on diffusivity. The ability to exploit intracrystal differences in 4He diffusivity [i.e., temperature sensitivity) greatly increases the potential to infer complex thermal histories.

  2. Comparative Analysis of Signal Intensity and Apparent Diffusion Coefficient at Varying b-values in the Brain : Diffusion Weighted-Echo Planar Image (T{sub 2} and FLAIR) Sequence

    Oh, Jong Kap [Dept. of Radiology, Cheomdan Medical Center, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Im, Jung Yeol [Dept. of Digital Management Information Graduate School of Nambu Univesity, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-09-15

    Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) has been demonstrated to be a practical method for the diagnosis of various brain diseases such as acute infarction, brain tumor, and white matter disease. In this study, we used two techniques to examine the average signal intensity (SI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of the brains of patients who ranged in age from 10 to 60 years. Our results indicated that the average SI was the highest in amygdala (as derived from DWI), whereas that in the cerebrospinal fluid was the lowest. The average ADC was the highest in the cerebrospinal fluid, whereas the lowest measurement was derived from the pons. The average SI and ADC were higher in T{sub 2}-DW-EPI than in FLAIR-DW-EPI. The higher the b-value, the smaller the average difference in both imaging techniques; the lower the b-value, the greater the average difference. Also, comparative analysis of the brains of patients who had experienced cerebral infarction showed no distinct lesion in the general MR image over time. However, there was a high SI in apparent weighted images. Analysis of other brain diseases (e.g., bleeding, acute, subacute, chronic infarction) indicated SI variance in accordance with characteristics of the two techniques. The higher the SI, the lower the ADC. Taken together, the value of SI and ADC in accordance with frequently occurring areas and various brain disease varies based on the b-value and imaging technique. Because they provide additional useful information in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with various brain diseases through signal recognition, the proper imaging technique and b-value are important for the detection and interpretation of subacute stroke and other brain diseases.

  3. Executive summary: advanced-fuel fusion systems, the D-3He satellite approach

    An evaluation was made of the potential advantages and feasibility of fusion power plants designed to employ near-term non-D--T fuels such as deuterium and D-3He. The following topics are discussed here: (1) cost studies and net-energy analysis, (2) D-3He Bumpy Torus satellite, (3) exploratory studies of a D-3He field-reversed mirror satellite, (4) preliminary advanced fuel pellet studies, and (5) 3He neutral beam injector

  4. Tumour apparent diffusion coefficient is associated with depth of myometrial invasion and is negatively correlated to tumour volume in endometrial carcinomas

    Aim: To explore possible correlations between tumour apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), morphological tumour volume, and clinical and histological characteristics in endometrial carcinomas and to evaluate interobserver agreement for preoperative staging by MRI and for ADC measurements. Materials and methods: Preoperative conventional MRI including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) was performed in 105 endometrial carcinoma patients. Three radiologists independently reviewed the images for the presence of deep myometrial invasion, cervical stromal invasion, and lymph node metastases, and measured tumour ADC in regions of interest (ROIs). ADC values were analysed in relation to histomorphological characteristics and tumour volume. Kappa coefficients (κ) and intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) for interobserver agreement for MRI staging results and ADC measurements, respectively, were calculated, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves for identification of deep of myometrial invasion were generated. Results: Mean tumour ADC was significantly lower in tumours with deep myometrial invasion (ADC = 0.75 × 10−3 mm2/s) compared to tumours with superficial or no myometrial invasion (ADC = 0.85 × 10−3 mm2/s; p < 0.001). ADC was negatively correlated to tumour size (p = 0.007). The interobserver agreement was fair (κ = 0.32) for depth of myometrial invasion, good for cervical stromal invasion (κ = 0.66), and moderate for lymph node metastases (κ = 0.54), and the interobserver variability for ADC value measurements was low (ICC = 0.60). Conclusion: Tumour ADC measurements may in the future provide an adjunct tool, aiding in the preoperative identification of high-risk patients with deep myometrial infiltration. - Highlights: • Low tumour ADC is associated with deep myometrial invasion in endometrial carcinomas. • Tumour ADC value is negatively correlated to tumour size. • Preoperative staging by MRI is prone to

  5. Does normalisation improve the diagnostic performance of apparent diffusion coefficient values for prostate cancer assessment? A blinded independent-observer evaluation

    Aim: To evaluate the performance of normalised apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values for prostate cancer assessment when performed by independent observers blinded to histopathology findings. Materials and methods: Fifty-eight patients undergoing 3 T phased-array coil magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI; maximal b-value 1000 s/mm2) before prostatectomy were included. Two radiologists independently evaluated the images, unaware of the histopathology findings. Regions of interest (ROIs) were drawn within areas showing visually low ADC within the peripheral zone (PZ) and transition zone (TZ) bilaterally. ROIs were also placed within regions in both lobes not suspicious for tumour, allowing computation of normalised ADC (nADC) ratios between suspicious and non-suspicious regions. The diagnostic performance of ADC and nADC were compared. Results: For PZ tumour detection, ADC achieved significantly higher area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC; p=0.026) and specificity (p=0.021) than nADC for reader 1, and significantly higher AUC (p=0.025) than nADC for reader 2. For TZ tumour detection, nADC achieved significantly higher specificity (p=0.003) and accuracy (p=0.004) than ADC for reader 2. For PZ Gleason score >3+3 tumour detection, ADC achieved significantly higher AUC (p=0.003) and specificity (p=0.005) than nADC for reader 1, and significantly higher AUC (p=0.023) than nADC for reader 2. For TZ Gleason score >3+3 tumour detection, ADC achieved significantly higher specificity (p=0.019) than nADC for reader 1. Conclusion: In contrast to prior studies performing unblinded evaluations, ADC was observed to outperform nADC overall for two independent observers blinded to the histopathology findings. Therefore, although strategies to improve the utility of ADC measurements in prostate cancer assessment merit continued investigation, caution is warranted when applying normalisation to improve diagnostic

  6. Assessment of diffusional anisotropy of the corpus callosum in patients with multiple lacunar infarcts. Relationship between the apparent diffusion coefficient ratio and global cognitive impairment

    Ishihara, Makiko; Hayashi, Hiromitsu; Amano, Yasuo; Takagi, Ryo; Nakahara, Madoka; Kumazaki, Tatsuo [Nippon Medical School, Tokyo (Japan); Cho, Keiichi; Okada, Susumu

    1998-06-01

    The purpose of the present study is to evaluate diffusional anisotropy of white matter in patients with multiple lacunar infarcts using diffusion-weighted echo-planar imaging (DW-EPI), and to examine the relationship between diffusional anisotropy and global cognitive ability as assessed by the mini-mental status examination (MMSE). In particular, we focused on the parameter changes for the corpus callosum as a marker for disconnection of the associative cortices. Twenty-nine patients divided into 2 cognitive level groups (low MMSE, n=16; high MMSE, n=13) and 8 normal controls were examined with a GE 1.5 T Horizon system. Three series of DW-EPI images were obtained using the following epidw{sub g}{center_dot}psd{sup TM} sequence: TR/TE=6500/120 ms, single shot, 6.5 mm slice thickness and 1.5 mm gap transaxial sections of the whole brain, with b-factors of 0 and 710 along each x- and y-axial direction. The parametric maps for apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in each direction, ADC(x) and ADC(y), and their rate map (ADC rate=ADC(x)/ADC(y)) were created on a pixel-by-pixel basis. ROI data were extracted from images of the corpus callosum and bilateral optic radiata. As a result, the ADC(x) was markedly larger for corpus callosum than that for optic radiata, whereas the ADC(y) showed an inverse trend, attributable to regional differences of diffusional anisotropy. In corpus callosum, however, the ADC(y) values were observed to increase with the level of disease severity, resulting in a decrease of the ADC rate. Notably, there was a significant difference between the three groups for callosal genu, with a slight positive correlation between the ADC rate and the MMSE scores. Our study suggests that a relationship exists between the reduction of diffusional anisotropy in callosal genu and the global cognitive impairment seen in patients with multiple lacunar infarcts. (K.H.)

  7. Assessment of diffusional anisotropy of the corpus callosum in patients with multiple lacunar infarcts. Relationship between the apparent diffusion coefficient ratio and global cognitive impairment

    The purpose of the present study is to evaluate diffusional anisotropy of white matter in patients with multiple lacunar infarcts using diffusion-weighted echo-planar imaging (DW-EPI), and to examine the relationship between diffusional anisotropy and global cognitive ability as assessed by the mini-mental status examination (MMSE). In particular, we focused on the parameter changes for the corpus callosum as a marker for disconnection of the associative cortices. Twenty-nine patients divided into 2 cognitive level groups (low MMSE, n=16; high MMSE, n=13) and 8 normal controls were examined with a GE 1.5 T Horizon system. Three series of DW-EPI images were obtained using the following epidwg·psdTM sequence: TR/TE=6500/120 ms, single shot, 6.5 mm slice thickness and 1.5 mm gap transaxial sections of the whole brain, with b-factors of 0 and 710 along each x- and y-axial direction. The parametric maps for apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in each direction, ADC(x) and ADC(y), and their rate map (ADC rate=ADC(x)/ADC(y)) were created on a pixel-by-pixel basis. ROI data were extracted from images of the corpus callosum and bilateral optic radiata. As a result, the ADC(x) was markedly larger for corpus callosum than that for optic radiata, whereas the ADC(y) showed an inverse trend, attributable to regional differences of diffusional anisotropy. In corpus callosum, however, the ADC(y) values were observed to increase with the level of disease severity, resulting in a decrease of the ADC rate. Notably, there was a significant difference between the three groups for callosal genu, with a slight positive correlation between the ADC rate and the MMSE scores. Our study suggests that a relationship exists between the reduction of diffusional anisotropy in callosal genu and the global cognitive impairment seen in patients with multiple lacunar infarcts. (K.H.)

  8. Andreev reflection in rotating superfluid 3He-B

    Andreev reflection of quasiparticle excitations from quantized line vortices is reviewed in the isotropic B phase of superfluid 3He in the temperature regime of ballistic quasiparticle transport at T ≤ 0.20Tc. The reflection from an array of rectilinear vortices in solid-body rotation is measured with a quasiparticle beam illuminating the array mainly in the orientation along the rotation axis. The result is in agreement with the calculated Andreev reflection. The Andreev signal is also used to analyze the spin-down of the superfluid component after a sudden impulsive stop of rotation from an equilibrium vortex state. In a measuring setup where the rotating cylinder has a rough bottom surface, annihilation of the vortices proceeds via a leading rapid turbulent burst followed by a trailing slow laminar decay, from which the mutual friction dissipation can be determined. In contrast to the currently accepted theory, it is found to have a finite value in the zero-temperature limit: α(T→0) = (5 ± 0.5) × 10−4

  9. NMR studies on vortices in rotating 3He-A

    NMR measurements are reported on rotating 3He-A in a long cylindrical geometry of 5 mm diameter at a liquid pressure of 29.3 bar and in axial magnetic fields of 14.2, 28.4, and 56.9 mT. At 28.4 mT, NMR studies are also reported in fields inclined by 250 and 900 from the axis of rotation. The frequency shift, the width, and the intensity of the spin wavemodes localized on the soft vortex cores, as well as the additional broadening of the main NMR line during rotation, were measured as a function of temperature, angular velocity Ω, magnetic field intensity, and its inclination angle. Also observed were a critical angular velocity of vortex formation, hysteretic behavior in the number of vortices when comparing accelerating rotation to decelerating, and metastable vortex densities, presumably a vortex tangle after rapid oscillatory acceleration. The results can be understood in terms of the continuous 4π vortices first proposed by Seppaelae and Volovik

  10. Vortex sheet in superfluid 3He-A

    A new state of rotating superfluid 3He-A has been found recently. Usually superfluids respond to rotation by creating an array of vortex lines, which are parallel to the rotation axis, and the circulation around them is quantized. In the new state the vorticity is located on a 2 dimensional sheet instead of 1 D lines. The sheet is parallel to the rotation axis z but in the x - y plane it folds to equidistant layers. The distance between the layers is larger but on the same order of magnitude as the distance between vortex lines. In contrast to other superfluids, the sheet is stable in the A phase because, of its internal structure. The sheet has as a backbone a topologically stable domain wall called soliton, to which non-singular vorticity is bound. Thus it can exist in spite of its presumably higher energy. The vortex sheet is distinguished by its NMR response, in particular because of its higher absorption at a characteristic frequency. Experiment and theory on the vortex sheet are in good agreement

  11. Negative pion absorption at rest in 3He

    The pnn and dn final states after the absorption of stopped pions in 3He have been measured in a kinematically complete experiment covering the whole phase space. Proton-neutron, deuteron-neutron, and neutron-neutron coincidences have been detected with a charged-particle hodoscope and large-area time-of-flight counters. For the first time, triple coincidences between the pionic K x rays and two particles have been measured thus selecting absorption from the atomic 1s state. It has been found that the absorption is dominated by the two-nucleon mechanism (2NA) on isoscalar nucleon pairs as indicted by the measured ratio of 6.3±1.1 for back-to-back correlated nn and pn pairs. A substantial amount of the three-body final state pnn is affected by the final-state interaction (FSI) or leads to the two-particle final state dn. Ratios of 3.1±0.4 for 2NA to FSI and of 4.2±0.6 for the pnn to the dn final state are measured. No evidence has been found for three-nucleon absorption with an upper limit of %/πstop-

  12. Measurement of the Coherent Neutron Scattering Length of 3He

    Ketter, W.; Heil, W.; Badurek, G.; Baron, M.; Loidl, R.; Rauch, H.

    2005-01-01

    By means of neutron interferometry the s-wave neutron scattering length of the 3He nucleus was re-measured at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL). Using a skew symmetrical perfect crystal Si-interferometer and a linear twin chamber cell, false phase shifts due to sample misalignment were reduced to a negligible level. Simulation calculations suggest an asymmetrically alternating measuring sequence in order to compensate for systematic errors caused by thermal phase drifts. There is evidence in the experiment’s data that this procedure is indeed effective. The neutron refractive index in terms of Sears’ exact expression for the scattering amplitude has been analyzed in order to evaluate the measured phase shifts. The result of our measurement, b′c = (6.000 ± 0.009) fm, shows a deviation towards a greater value compared to the presently accepted value of b′c = (5.74 ± 0.07) fm, confirming the observation of the partner experiment at NIST. On the other hand, the results of both precision measurements at NIST and ILL exhibit a serious 12σ (12 standard uncertainties) deviation, the reason for which is not clear yet.

  13. Magnetic dissipation in superfluid 3He-B in the transition regime to nonhydrodynamic conditions

    The authors have applied the so-called HPD spectroscopy, i.e. the NMR of the homogeneously precessing domain (HPD) in superfluid 3He-B, to study the magnetic relaxation processes down to 0.3 Tc. The power absorbed by HPD from cw NMR rf-field was divided into several contributions corresponding to different relaxation processes. From these contributions nonhydrodynamic corrections to spin diffusion and Leggett-Takagi (L-T) relaxation were extracted for a pressure of 6 bar. Below 0.45 Tc a large absorption term linear with the HPD length and increasing with the falling temperature was observed. This term could be associated with an instability of coherent precession in the nonhydrodynamic regime. The process of the HPD formation in the nonwetting regime, for T c, was observed and described, leading to a new possibility to determine the d-constant of the surface energy

  14. Chlorofluorocarbons and ~3H/~3He in groundwater——Applications in tracing and dating young groundwater

    秦大军; 王浩

    2001-01-01

    Based on the CFC concentration, the fraction of young groundwater in a mixture with old groundwater can be defined if the age of the young component is known. The authors argued that the ratio of [3HeJ/[3Ht] in a young water is independent of its mixing with old waters. Hence, the 3H-3He can be used to determine age of the young groundwater, though mixing with old ground-water may occur. CFC concentrations are susceptible to change by mixing of young and old water. The combination of CFCs and tritium/helium can provide confidential apparent age of the young groundwater and fraction of the young water in the mixture with old groundwater.

  15. The scattering of polarized deuterons on 3He between 10 and 17 MeV

    Using the LASL polarized beam facility, the cross section and vector and tensor analysing powers for the 3He(d vector,d)3He and 3He(d vector,p)4He reactions have been measured in a large angular range at energies between 10 and 17 MeV. (orig./WL)

  16. Economic evaluation of D-T, D-3He, and catalyzed D-D fusion reactors

    Because the D-3He reaction generates no neutrons and the D-D reaction can use abundant fuel resources, these reactions are expected to be used in advanced fuel fusion reactors. Economic considerations and engineering problems are important for realizing such reactors as commercial plants. Therefore, we estimate and compare the cost of electricity (COE) from D-T, D-3He, and catalyzed D-D (cat D-D) fusion reactors. D-3He and cat D-D reactors have a low neutron wall load. Therefore, the D-3He reactor has no wall replacement cost. In addition, no tritium breeding system is needed for the D-3He reactor, but 3He gas is rare. Because the reaction rates of the D-3He and D-D reactions are less, D-3He and D-D reactors require highly efficient confinement properties and operation at high ion temperatures. Furthermore, the power densities of D-3He and D-D reactors are smaller than that of the D-T reactor; thus, D-3He and D-D reactors require a large plasma volume. Assuming a high ion temperature (= 60 keV) and high normalized beta (= 7-8), the COE of a D-3He reactor is expected to be similar to that of a D-T reactor. In terms of cost, cat D-D is disadvantageous in comparison with D-3He and D-T reactors. (author)

  17. Investigation of adsorption and wetting of 3He on cesium and cesiated glass

    Experiments have been carried out to investigate the binding of 3He on cesium substrates, using optical pumping to spin-polarize the atoms. The behavior of 3He on the walls at low temperature can be analyzed through the evolution of the nuclear magnetization of the sample. Preliminary results are presented, including: (1) adsorption studies of gaseous 3He on cesiated glass; (2) magnetic relaxation time of polarized liquid 3He on cesium and cesiated glass; (3) evidence for wetting of liquid 3He on cesium. 8 refs., 2 figs

  18. Technic and economic viability study on exploitation of lunar 3He resource

    From the energetics point of view, the technic and economic viability study on exploitation of lunar 3He for fuelling the fusion reactor burning D-3He has been carried out. This study is divided into the following sections: analysis of solar wind parameters and estimation of potential quantity 3He in the lunar regolith, the cost evaluation of mining He of lunar soil; the energy cost calculation of He extraction by vacuum heating degassing during lunar day, the cost calculation of cryogenic isotopic separation 3He/4He during the lunar night, the energy cost for earth/moon transportation of liquid 3He, the energy payback calculation of fusion power burning 3He based lunar source, and finally the comparison of the energy multiplication with that for 235U production of nuclear fuel and for coal mining. The comparisons of cost of electricity between D-3He and D-T fuel cycle for different reactor types have been discussed

  19. Nuclear relaxation of 3He at the surface of solid H2

    We present a detailed experimental study of the wall-relaxation on solid H2 surfaces of a dilute 3He gas, oriented by optical pumping. In these experiments, we measure the nuclear relaxation time of the whole sample of 3He which is directly related to the relaxation time Tsub(a) of the 3He atoms adsorbed on the solid H2 coating the sample walls. Measurement of T1 as a function of the temperature leads to an experimental determination of the adsorption energy of a 3He atom on solid H2: ΔW (3He/H2) = 12+-3 K. In addition, experiments have been done on D2 and Ne solid coatings leading to ΔW (3He/D2) = 20+-3 K and ΔW (3He/Ne) = 38+-5 K; all these experimental values are in good agreement with theoretical predictions

  20. Magnetic resonance apparent diffusion coefficient values of the completely remitted lesions of primary hepatocellular carcinoma after TACE: a study of their repeatability and consistency

    Objective: to assess the repeatability and consistency of magnetic resonance apparent diffusion coefficient (MR ADC) values of the completely remitted lesions of primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after TACE in order to provide a reference for clinical application. Methods: The MR ADC values of 21 completely remitted lesions were measured at 1, 3 and 6 months after TACE by the same radiologist (radiologist A) using the same sequence, which were measured again by another radiologist (radiologist B) one week later. By calculating the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) value and drawing Bland-Altman graph, the respectability and consistency of the ADC value measurement were evaluated. ICC values > 0.75 indicated good reliability and high repeatability. The consistency was considered to be enough high when 75% of the sites were located in the 95% confidence interval within the reference line on the Bland-Altman graph. Results: The ICC values measured by radiologist A 1, 3 and 6 months after TACE were 0.928, 0.878 and 0.934 respectively, which were 0.873, 0.940 and 0.871 respectively measured by radiologist B. The ICC values measured by radiologist A and radiologist B at different time one week before 1, 3 and 6 months after TACE were 0.854, 0.940 and 0.960 respectively, while the values were 0.788, 0.945 and 0.858 respectively one week after 1, 3 and 6 months after TACE. All the above values were greater than 0.75, indicating that the reliability was high. As 90% of the sites were located in the 95% confidence interval within the reference line on the Bland-Altman graph, the repeatability was regarded to be very high. Conclusion: The ADC values of the completely remitted lesions of HCC after TACE are quite stable. The measurements of ADC values for these lesions carry high degree of repeatability and consistency. With the help of ADC values, the stability of HCC lesions after TACE can be dynamically assessed and the therapeutic effectiveness can be promptly

  1. Measurements of diagnostic examination performance using quantitative apparent diffusion coefficient and proton MR spectroscopic imaging in the preoperative evaluation of tumor grade in cerebral gliomas

    Purpose: Tumor grading is very important both in treatment decision and evaluation of prognosis. While tissue samples are obtained as part of most therapeutic approaches, factors that may result in inaccurate grading due to sampling error (namely, heterogeneity in tissue sampling, as well as tumor-grade heterogeneity within the same tumor specimen), have led to a desire to use imaging better to ascertain tumor grade. The purpose in our study was to evaluate the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), area under the curve (AUC), and accuracy of diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI), proton MR spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) or both in grading primary cerebral gliomas. Materials and methods: We performed conventional MR imaging (MR), DWI, and MRSI in 74 patients with newly diagnosed brain gliomas: 59 patients had histologically verified high-grade gliomas: 37 glioblastomas multiform (GBM) and 22 anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), and 15 patients had low-grade gliomas. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of tumor and peritumoral edema, and ADC ratios (ADC in tumor or peritumoral edema to ADC of contralateral white matter, as well as ADC in tumor to ADC in peritumoral edema) were determined from three regions of interest. The average of the mean, maximum, and minimum for ADC variables was calculated for each patient. The metabolite ratios of Cho/Cr and Cho/NAA at intermediate TE were assessed from spectral maps in the solid portion of tumor, peritumoral edema and contralateral normal-appearing white matter. Tumor grade determined with the two methods was then compared with that from histopathologic grading. Logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis were performed to determine optimum thresholds for tumor grading. Measures of diagnostic examination performance, such as sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, AUC, and accuracy for identifying high-grade gliomas were also calculated

  2. Measurements of diagnostic examination performance using quantitative apparent diffusion coefficient and proton MR spectroscopic imaging in the preoperative evaluation of tumor grade in cerebral gliomas

    Server, Andres, E-mail: a.s.alonso@medisin.uio.no [Section of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Oslo University Hospital-Ullevaal and University of Oslo, Kirkeveien 166, NO-0407 Oslo (Norway); Kulle, Bettina, E-mail: b.k.andreassen@medisin.uio.no [Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo, Oslo (Norway); Gadmar, Oystein B., E-mail: gays@uus.no [Interventional Centre, Oslo University Hospital and Institute for Hospital Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo (Norway); Josefsen, Roger, E-mail: roos@uus.no [Department of Neurosurgery, Oslo University Hospital-Ullevaal, Oslo (Norway); Kumar, Theresa, E-mail: thku@uus.no [Department of Pathology, Oslo University Hospital-Ullevaal, Oslo (Norway); Nakstad, Per H., E-mail: pena@uus.no [Section of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Oslo University Hospital-Ullevaal and University of Oslo, Kirkeveien 166, NO-0407 Oslo (Norway)

    2011-11-15

    Purpose: Tumor grading is very important both in treatment decision and evaluation of prognosis. While tissue samples are obtained as part of most therapeutic approaches, factors that may result in inaccurate grading due to sampling error (namely, heterogeneity in tissue sampling, as well as tumor-grade heterogeneity within the same tumor specimen), have led to a desire to use imaging better to ascertain tumor grade. The purpose in our study was to evaluate the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), area under the curve (AUC), and accuracy of diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI), proton MR spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) or both in grading primary cerebral gliomas. Materials and methods: We performed conventional MR imaging (MR), DWI, and MRSI in 74 patients with newly diagnosed brain gliomas: 59 patients had histologically verified high-grade gliomas: 37 glioblastomas multiform (GBM) and 22 anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), and 15 patients had low-grade gliomas. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of tumor and peritumoral edema, and ADC ratios (ADC in tumor or peritumoral edema to ADC of contralateral white matter, as well as ADC in tumor to ADC in peritumoral edema) were determined from three regions of interest. The average of the mean, maximum, and minimum for ADC variables was calculated for each patient. The metabolite ratios of Cho/Cr and Cho/NAA at intermediate TE were assessed from spectral maps in the solid portion of tumor, peritumoral edema and contralateral normal-appearing white matter. Tumor grade determined with the two methods was then compared with that from histopathologic grading. Logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis were performed to determine optimum thresholds for tumor grading. Measures of diagnostic examination performance, such as sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, AUC, and accuracy for identifying high-grade gliomas were also calculated

  3. Estimation of optimal b-value sets for obtaining apparent diffusion coefficient free from perfusion in non-small cell lung cancer

    Karki, Kishor; Hugo, Geoffrey D.; Ford, John C.; Olsen, Kathryn M.; Saraiya, Siddharth; Groves, Robert; Weiss, Elisabeth

    2015-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine optimal sets of b-values in diffusion-weighted MRI (DW-MRI) for obtaining monoexponential apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) close to perfusion-insensitive intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) model ADC (ADCIVIM) in non-small cell lung cancer. Ten subjects had 40 DW-MRI scans before and during radiotherapy in a 1.5 T MRI scanner. Respiratory triggering was applied to the echo-planar DW-MRI with \\text{TR}≈ 4500 ms, TE  =  74 ms, eight b-values of 0-1000 μs μm-2, pixel size  =  1.98× 1.98 mm2, slice thickness  =  6 mm, interslice gap  =  1.2 mm, 7 axial slices and total acquisition time ≈6 min. One or more DW-MRI scans together covered the whole tumour volume. Monoexponential model ADC values using various b-value sets were compared to reference-standard ADCIVIM values using all eight b-values. Intra-scan coefficient of variation (CV) of active tumour volumes was computed to compare the relative noise in ADC maps. ADC values for one pre-treatment DW-MRI scan of each of the 10 subjects were computed using b-value pairs from DW-MRI images synthesized for b-values of 0-2000 μs μm-2 from the estimated IVIM parametric maps and corrupted by various Rician noise levels. The square root of mean of squared error percentage (RMSE) of the ADC value relative to the corresponding ADCIVIM for the tumour volume of the scan was computed. Monoexponential ADC values for the b-value sets of 250 and 1000; 250, 500 and 1000; 250, 650 and 1000; 250, 800 and 1000; and 250-1000 μs μm-2 were not significantly different from ADCIVIM values (p>0.05 , paired t-test). Mean error in ADC values for these sets relative to ADCIVIM were within 3.5%. Intra-scan CVs for these sets were comparable to that for ADCIVIM. The monoexponential ADC values for other sets—0-1000 50-1000 100-1000 500-1000 and 250 and 800 μs μm-2 were significantly different from the ADCIVIM values. From Rician noise simulation

  4. Clinical relevance of the apparent diffusion coefficient value of metastatic bone tumours on diffusion-weighted MRI images: differences according to the types of primary tumour, the affected bones, and clinical factors

    Aim: To evaluate whether the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of metastatic bone tumours on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images differs according to the type of primary cancer, the affected bone, and clinical factors. Materials and methods: For this retrospective study, two radiologists reviewed MRI images, including ADC maps, of 67 patients (M:F=38:29; median age, 48 years) who were diagnosed with bone metastasis by means of histological or clinical confirmation. The primary tumours included 29 lung adenocarcinomas, 15 invasive ductal adenocarcinomas of the breast, 13 hepatocellular carcinomas, six prostatic carcinomas, and four renal cell carcinomas. ADC values of the metastatic tumour were compared according to the type of primary malignancy, the affected bone, and the age and sex of the patient using Kruskal–Wallis and Mann–Whitney U-tests with Bonferroni correction. In addition, pre-contrast CT images were available in 38 of 67 patients; a subanalysis of the CT radiodensity and ADC values were performed with Spearman correlation. Results: The mean, standard deviation, and minimum and maximum values of the ADC of metastatic bone tumours did not differ significantly according to type of primary malignancy, the affected bone, or clinical variables (p>0.1). The ADC value was not significantly correlated with CT radiodensity (p=0.24). Intra- and interobserver agreements for the mean ADC values were excellent (intra-observer: p=0.98; interobserver: p=0.98). Conclusions: Assessment of the ADC value of metastatic bone tumours is not reliable for differentiation of the type of primary cancer. -- Highlights: •ADC of bone metastasis is not reliable for separation of the type of primary cancer. •ADC of bone metastasis does not differ according to the affected bone. •There is no significant correlation between ADC value and CT density

  5. 3He lung morphometry technique: Accuracy analysis and pulse sequence optimization

    Sukstanskii, A. L.; Conradi, M. S.; Yablonskiy, D. A.

    2010-12-01

    The 3He lung morphometry technique (Yablonskiy et al., JAP, 2009), based on MRI measurements of hyperpolarized gas diffusion in lung airspaces, provides unique information on the lung microstructure at the alveolar level. 3D tomographic images of standard morphological parameters (mean airspace chord length, lung parenchyma surface-to-volume ratio, and the number of alveoli per unit lung volume) can be created from a rather short (several seconds) MRI scan. These parameters are most commonly used to characterize lung morphometry but were not previously available from in vivo studies. A background of the 3He lung morphometry technique is based on a previously proposed model of lung acinar airways, treated as cylindrical passages of external radius R covered by alveolar sleeves of depth h, and on a theory of gas diffusion in these airways. The initial works approximated the acinar airways as very long cylinders, all with the same R and h. The present work aims at analyzing effects of realistic acinar airway structures, incorporating airway branching, physiological airway lengths, a physiological ratio of airway ducts and sacs, and distributions of R and h. By means of Monte-Carlo computer simulations, we demonstrate that our technique allows rather accurate measurements of geometrical and morphological parameters of acinar airways. In particular, the accuracy of determining one of the most important physiological parameter of lung parenchyma - surface-to-volume ratio - does not exceed several percent. Second, we analyze the effect of the susceptibility induced inhomogeneous magnetic field on the parameter estimate and demonstrate that this effect is rather negligible at B0 ⩽ 3T and becomes substantial only at higher B0 Third, we theoretically derive an optimal choice of MR pulse sequence parameters, which should be used to acquire a series of diffusion-attenuated MR signals, allowing a substantial decrease in the acquisition time and improvement in accuracy of the

  6. The predictability for the prognosis of breast cancer using the apparent diffusion coefficient value of diffusion weighted 3T MRI and the standardized uptake value of positron emission tomography/CT: Assessment of prognostic factor

    Lim, Seong Joo; Kim, Keum Won; Jang, Hye Young; Hwang, Cheol Mog; Kim, Dae Ho; Sohn, Jang Sihn; Kim, Jin Suk; Lee, Jin Yong [Konyang Univ. College of Medicine, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-09-15

    To correlate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value and peak standardized uptake value (pSUV) with histologic grade and clinical prognostic factors of breast ductal carcinoma. Fifty breast cancers of 49 patients (age range: 37-83 years, mean: 53 years) were studied retrospectively. The breast cancers included 4 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and 46 invasive ductal carcinomas (IDC). The relationships for both pSUV and ADC values with clinicopathological prognostic factors (age, tumor size, histologic grade, nodal metastasis, hormone receptor and HER-2 neu status) were statistically evaluated. The histologic type of ductal carcinoma include DCIS (n = 4) and IDC (n = 46, grade 1 = 10, grade 2 = 13, and grade 3 = 23). pSUV was associated with histologic grade and tumor size and the ADC value was associated with histologic grade (p < 0.05). As the histologic grade becomes higher, the ADC values decrease, while pSUV and pSUV/ADC increase (p < 0.05). The characterization accuracy of pSUV/ADC (90.2%) was higher than pSUV (86.7%) and ADC values (25.4%) alone for the diagnosis of breast cancer (p < 0.05). pSUV and ADC values correlated with histologic grade, and tumor size. The pSUV/ADC value had a high accuracy for the diagnosis of breast cancer. Therefore, pSUV and ADC values provided additional information for predicting histologic grade and prognosis of breast cancer.

  7. The predictability for the prognosis of breast cancer using the apparent diffusion coefficient value of diffusion weighted 3T MRI and the standardized uptake value of positron emission tomography/CT: Assessment of prognostic factor

    To correlate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value and peak standardized uptake value (pSUV) with histologic grade and clinical prognostic factors of breast ductal carcinoma. Fifty breast cancers of 49 patients (age range: 37-83 years, mean: 53 years) were studied retrospectively. The breast cancers included 4 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and 46 invasive ductal carcinomas (IDC). The relationships for both pSUV and ADC values with clinicopathological prognostic factors (age, tumor size, histologic grade, nodal metastasis, hormone receptor and HER-2 neu status) were statistically evaluated. The histologic type of ductal carcinoma include DCIS (n = 4) and IDC (n = 46, grade 1 = 10, grade 2 = 13, and grade 3 = 23). pSUV was associated with histologic grade and tumor size and the ADC value was associated with histologic grade (p < 0.05). As the histologic grade becomes higher, the ADC values decrease, while pSUV and pSUV/ADC increase (p < 0.05). The characterization accuracy of pSUV/ADC (90.2%) was higher than pSUV (86.7%) and ADC values (25.4%) alone for the diagnosis of breast cancer (p < 0.05). pSUV and ADC values correlated with histologic grade, and tumor size. The pSUV/ADC value had a high accuracy for the diagnosis of breast cancer. Therefore, pSUV and ADC values provided additional information for predicting histologic grade and prognosis of breast cancer

  8. A possible in situ 3H and 3He source in Earth's interior: an alternative explanation of origin of 3He in deep Earth.

    Jiang, Songsheng; Liu, Jing; He, Ming

    2010-07-01

    Origin of (3)He in the Earth is a mystery. Lacking a production mechanism, scientists assume (3)He was trapped in the Earth, when the Earth was formed. In contrast to this assumption, we have found (3)He and (3)H concentrations in excess of the atmospheric values in the deep waters of the volcanic Lakes Pavin (France), Laacher (Germany) and Nemrut (Turkey). This paper reports the result of finding (3)H in these three volcanic lakes that appear to originate from the mantle. Because (3)H has a half-life of 12.3 years, this (3)H and the resulting (3)He must have formed recently in the mantle and not be part of a primordial reservoir. The nuclear reactions that generate tritium might be a source of "missing" energy in the interior of the Earth. PMID:20502855

  9. Interferometric and acoustic measurements in superfluid (3)He-B and wetting studies in (3)He/(4)He mixtures. Doctoral thesis

    Alles, H.

    1995-06-22

    In this thesis work superfluid (3)He was investigated by two methods. First, ultrasonic experiments on (3)He-B were carried out using two coincident zero sound pulses. The second technique is optics, a novel method for ultra low temperatures. The developed method, two-beam interferometry, was employed successfully for studies of wetting phenomena in liquid (3)He/(4)He mixtures as well. This publication contains the results of a acoustic spectroscopy on (3)He-B. Most importantly, the real squashing collective mode (rsq) was excited by two simultaneous sound pulses yielding two phonon absorption (TPA). This nonlinear phenomenon was applied to study the dispersion relation of the rsq-mode. Zeeman splitting of the nonlinearly excited rsq-mode was investigated in a magnetic field. By means of TPA, an anomalous behavior was found also near the pair-breaking edge.

  10. Experimental study of fusion neutron and proton yields produced by petawatt-laser-irradiated D2-3He or CD4-3He clustering gases

    Bang, W; Bonasera, A; Quevedo, H J; Dyer, G; Bernstein, A C; Hagel, K; Schmidt, K; Gaul, E; Donovan, M E; Consoli, F; De Angelis, R; Andreoli, P; Barbarino, M; Kimura, S; Mazzocco, M; Natowitz, J B; Ditmire, T

    2013-01-01

    We report on experiments in which the Texas Petawatt laser irradiated a mixture of deuterium or deuterated methane clusters and helium-3 gas, generating three types of nuclear fusion reactions: D(d, 3He)n, D(d, t)p and 3He(d, p)4He. We measured the yields of fusion neutrons and protons from these reactions and found them to agree with yields based on a simple cylindrical plasma model using known cross sections and measured plasma parameters. Within our measurement errors, the fusion products were isotropically distributed. Plasma temperatures, important for the cross sections, were determined by two independent methods: (1) deuterium ion time-of-flight, and (2) utilizing the ratio of neutron yield to proton yield from D(d, 3He)n and 3He(d, p)4He reactions, respectively. This experiment produced the highest ion temperature ever achieved with laser-irradiated deuterium clusters.

  11. Energy dependence of the 6Li(π+,3He)3He reaction at 60, 75 and 90 MeV

    Differential cross sections for the pionic fission reaction 6Li(π+,3He)3He at T sub(π) = 60, 75 and 90 MeV have been measured for theta sub(c.m.) = 4l degrees. The energy dependence of the differential cross section is found to follow an exponential decrease with increasing incident pion energy and is compared with existing theoretical predictions

  12. A 3He Cryostat for Scientific Measurements in Pulsed High Magnetic Fields

    Wang, Shaoliang; Li, Liang; Liu, Mengyu; Zuo, Huakun; Peng, Tao

    A top loading 3He cryostat has been developed for scientific experiments with a 60 T pulsed magnetic field facility at Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center. The cryostat consists of a 4He bath cryostat, a 3He insert and a closed circulation system for 3He gas handling. To eliminate the eddy current heating during the pulse, the tail of the 3He insert with a vacuum space at the bottom is made from fiberglass tubing coated with epoxy. The 3He bath is separated from the 4He bath with the vacuum space. The 4He bath cryostat provides cooling power to condense 3He gas by a neck tube on top of the tail. Experimental results have shown that the sample can be cooled down to 385 mK and kept cold for more than 150 second by one-shot cooling, which is sufficiently long for an experiment in a pulsed high magnetic field.

  13. The value of apparent diffusion coefficient values of cerebellar and the middle cerebellar peduncles in differential diagnosis of multiple system atrophy and Parkinson disease

    Objective: To evaluate the apparant diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of cerebellar and the middle cerebellar peduncles in the differential diagnosis of multiple system atrophy (MSA) and Parkinson disease (PD). Methods: Conventional MRI and DWI were performed in 18 clinically proved MSA patients with 7 cases of early cases (early-stage MSA group), 19 PD patients (PD group) and 18 age- matched normal controls (the control group). DWI was performed using a single shot-spin echo-echo planar imaging sequences, and ADC values were measured in the ROIs (0.16 cm2) of the bilateral cerebellum, the middle cerebellar peduncles and cerebral white matter. Then one way ANOVA test was used for statistical analysis. Results: Of the 18 MSA patients, 11 had MR abnormalities, 8 had hot-cross bun sign in the pons on T2-weighted images, 11 patients had pontine, cerebellar and medulla oblongata atrophy, 10 patients had atrophy of the middle cerebellar peduncles, 2 patients had hyperintense rim of the putamen and putaminal atrophy on T2-weighted images. The ADC values in the middle cerebellar peduncles were significantly increased in the MSA group [(0.98±0.07)×103 mm2/s] and early-stage MSA group [(0.95±0.05) × 103 mm2/s] as compared to PD group [(0.77±0.04) × 103 mm2/s] and control group [(0.78±0.04) × 103 mm2/s]. There was statistical significant difference among them (F=91.049, 55.301, P3 mm2/s], early-stage MSA group [(0.86-1.02) × 103 mm2/s] and PD group [(0.68-0.84) × 103 mm2/s] and the control group [(0.69-0.82) × 103 mm2/s]. The ADC values in the cerebellum were significantly increased in the MSA group [(0.95±0.09) × 103 mm2/s] and early-stage MSA group [(0.92±0.07) × 103 mm2/s] as compared to PD group [(0.78±0.05) × 103 mm2/s] and control group [(0.79±0.05) × 103 mm2/s]. Statistically significant difference was found among them (F= 39.274, 18.623, P3 mm2/s, early stage MSA group (0.80-0.99) × 103 mm2/s, PD group (0.72- 0.90) × 103 mm2/s, control group (0

  14. Study of the /sup 50/V nucleus with the (/sup 3/He,d), (/sup 3/He,. cap alpha. ), (/sup 3/He,p), and (/sup 3/He,p. gamma. ) reactions. [Angular distribution, 13 and 22 MeV, analog states, DWBA, J,. pi. , spectroscopic factors, angular momentum, transitions

    Smith, J W

    1971-06-01

    The nucleus /sup 50/V with a ground-state configuration (..pi..f/sub 7/2/)/sup 3/(..nu..f/sub 7/2/)/sup -1/ was studied with the /sup 49/Ti(/sup 3/He,d)/sup 50/V, /sup 51/V)/sup 3/He,..cap alpha..)/sup 50/V, and /sup 48/Ti(/sup 3/He,p)/sup 50/V, and /sup 48/Ti(/sup 3/He,p..gamma..)/sup 50/V reactions induced by the /sup 3/He/sup + +/ beam from the tandem Van de Graaff at the Argonne National Laboratory. The angular distributions from (/sup 3/He,d), (/sup 3/He,..cap alpha..), and (/sup 3/He,p) reactions induced by 22-MeV /sup 3/He were studied with overall energy resolution widths of 20, 30, and 42 keV, respectively. The reactions (/sup 3/He,p) and (/sup 3/He,p..gamma..) were also studied at an incident energy of 13 MeV to obtain the ..gamma.. decay of /sup 50/V levels (including two 0/sup +/ isobaric analog states) in which the neutron-proton pair is transferred with zero angular momentum. The angular distributions of the charged-particle reactions were analyzed with the distorted-wave Born approximation (DWBA), and spectroscopic factors have been extracted for the one-nucleon transfer reactions. The two-nucleon transfer reaction (/sup 3/He,p) was analyzed with the DWBA on the assumption that the neutron-proton pair is transferred as a deuteron. The angular momentum L/sub np/ of the transferred deuteron is established for most of the levels, and the possibility that several levels might have spin and parity 1/sup +/ is discussed.

  15. Observation of Majorana Quasiparticles Surface States in Superfluid ${^3}$He-B by Heat Capacity Measurements

    Bunkov, Yury M.; Gazizulin, Rasul R.

    2016-01-01

    We report about direct measurements of heat capacity of Majorana quasiparticles in superfluid ${^3}$He-B which appear near the surface of the experimental bolometer on the coherence length ${\\xi}$. Two bolometers with different surface-to-volume ratios were used which allows us to have different calibrated contributions from Majorana quasiparticles to the ${^3}$He heat capacity. Estimations of possible impact of ${^3}$He layers adsorbed on the walls of the bolometer have been done.

  16. Development of polarized {sup 3}He filter for polarized neutron experiment

    Sakai, K.; Sato, H.; Yoshimi, A.; Asahi, K. [Tokyo Inst. of Tech. (Japan). Faculty of Science; Masuda, Y.; Muto, S.; Ishimoto, S.; Morimoto, K.

    1996-08-01

    A high-pressure polarized {sup 3}He gas cell, pumped with two diode lasers, has been developed at KEK for use as a polarizer and a spin analyzer for low energy neutrons. The polarization attained of {sup 3}He was determined through the measurement of the transmission of the unpolarized neutrons through the {sup 3}He cell. So far we obtained P{sub He}=18% at 10 atm and P{sub He}=12% at 20 atm. (author)

  17. Study of the nuclear fusion in dμ3He complex

    Experimental study of the nuclear fusion reaction in charge-asymmetrical dμ3He complex (dμ3He → α (3.5 MeV) + p (14.64 MeV) is presented. The 14.64-MeV protons were detected by three pairs of Si(dE - E) telescopes placed around the cryogenic target filled with the D2 + 3He gas at 34 K. The 6.85 keV γ rays emitted during the de-excitation of the dμ3He complex were detected by a germanium detector. The measurements were performed at two D2 + 3He target densities, ψ = 0.0585 and ψ 0.169 (relative to liquid hydrogen density) with an atomic concentration of 3He c3He = 0.0469. The values of the effective rate of nuclear fusion in dμ3He was obtained for the first time: λf(tilde) (4.5-2.0+2.6) · 105s-1(ψ = 0.0585); λf(tilde) = (6.9-3.03.6) · 105s-1(ψ 0.168). The J =0 nuclear fusion rate in dμ3He was derived: λfJ=0 (9.7-2.6+5.7) · 105s-1 (ψ 0.0585); λfJ=0 = (12.4-5.4+6.5) · 105s-1 (ψ 0.168)

  18. Diffusion weighted MRI and 18F-FDG PET/CT in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): Does the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) correlate with tracer uptake (SUV)?

    Regier, M., E-mail: mregier@uke.uni-hamburg.de [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Derlin, T. [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Schwarz, D.; Laqmani, A.; Henes, F.O.; Groth, M.; Buhk, J.-H. [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Kooijman, H. [Philips Healthcare, Clinical Application, Luebeckertordamm 5, 20099 Hamburg (Germany); Adam, G. [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany)

    2012-10-15

    Introduction: To investigate the potential correlation of the apparent diffusion coefficient assessed by diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) and glucose metabolism determined by the standardized uptake value (SUV) at 18F-FDG PET/CT in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Materials and methods: 18F-FDG PET/CT and DWI (TR/TE, 2000/66 ms; b-values, 0 and 500 s/mm{sup 2}) were performed in 41 consecutive patients with histologically verified NSCLC. Analysing the PET-CT data calculation of the mean (SUV{sub mean}) and maximum (SUV{sub max}) SUV was performed. By placing a region-of-interest (ROI) encovering the entire tumor mean (ADC{sub mean}) and minimum ADC (ADC{sub min}) were determined by two independent radiologists. Results of 18F-FDG PET-CT and DWI were compared on a per-patient basis. For statistical analysis Pearson's correlation coefficient, Bland–Altman and regression analysis were assessed. Results: Data analysis revealed a significant inverse correlation of the ADC{sub min} and SUV{sub max} (r = −0.46; p = 0.032). Testing the correlation of the ADC{sub min} and SUV{sub max} for each histological subtype separately revealed that the inverse correlation was good for both adenocarcinomas (r = −0.47; p = 0.03) and squamouscell carcinomas (r = −0.71; p = 0.002), respectively. No significant correlation was found for the comparison of ADC{sub min} and SUV{sub mean} (r = −0.29; p = 0.27), ADC{sub mean} vs. SUV{sub mean} (r = −0.28; p = 0.31) or ADC{sub mean} vs. SUV{sub max} (r = −0.33; p = 0.23). The κ-value of 0.88 indicated a good agreement between both observers. Conclusion: This preliminary study is the first to verify the relation between the SUV and the ADC in NSCLC. The significant inverse correlation of these two quantitative imaging approaches points out the association of metabolic activity and tumor cellularity. Therefore, DWI with ADC measurement might represent a new prognostic marker in NSCLC.

  19. Diffusion weighted MRI and 18F-FDG PET/CT in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): Does the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) correlate with tracer uptake (SUV)?

    Introduction: To investigate the potential correlation of the apparent diffusion coefficient assessed by diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) and glucose metabolism determined by the standardized uptake value (SUV) at 18F-FDG PET/CT in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Materials and methods: 18F-FDG PET/CT and DWI (TR/TE, 2000/66 ms; b-values, 0 and 500 s/mm2) were performed in 41 consecutive patients with histologically verified NSCLC. Analysing the PET-CT data calculation of the mean (SUVmean) and maximum (SUVmax) SUV was performed. By placing a region-of-interest (ROI) encovering the entire tumor mean (ADCmean) and minimum ADC (ADCmin) were determined by two independent radiologists. Results of 18F-FDG PET-CT and DWI were compared on a per-patient basis. For statistical analysis Pearson's correlation coefficient, Bland–Altman and regression analysis were assessed. Results: Data analysis revealed a significant inverse correlation of the ADCmin and SUVmax (r = −0.46; p = 0.032). Testing the correlation of the ADCmin and SUVmax for each histological subtype separately revealed that the inverse correlation was good for both adenocarcinomas (r = −0.47; p = 0.03) and squamouscell carcinomas (r = −0.71; p = 0.002), respectively. No significant correlation was found for the comparison of ADCmin and SUVmean (r = −0.29; p = 0.27), ADCmean vs. SUVmean (r = −0.28; p = 0.31) or ADCmean vs. SUVmax (r = −0.33; p = 0.23). The κ-value of 0.88 indicated a good agreement between both observers. Conclusion: This preliminary study is the first to verify the relation between the SUV and the ADC in NSCLC. The significant inverse correlation of these two quantitative imaging approaches points out the association of metabolic activity and tumor cellularity. Therefore, DWI with ADC measurement might represent a new prognostic marker in NSCLC

  20. A moving domain wall and order parameter orientation in 3He-B

    It is shown that movement of domain wall in the earlier considered two-domain structure in superfluid 3He β-phase eliminates the structure double degeneracy. It is suggested to use this fact for one-valued order parameter orientation in 3He-B

  1. DC discharge characteristics and fluorine atom yield in NF3/He

    Liping Duo; Shukai Tang; Haijun Yu; Jian Wang; Xiangde Min; Liucheng Li; Yuqi Jin; Bailing Yang; Fengting Sang

    2006-01-01

    @@ DC discharge characteristics of NF3/He have been investigated experimentally under different experimental conditions, for example, different electrode materials, separations, flow rates of the gas NF3 or He, and series resistances. The optimum discharge parameters and the fluorine atom yield from the DC discharge of NF3/He as function of load power are studied experimentally.

  2. Possible Dimensional Crossover to 1D of ^3He Fluid in Nanochannels Observed in Susceptibilities

    Matsushita, Taku; Kurebayashi, Katsuya; Shibatsuji, Ryosuke; Hieda, Mitsunori; Wada, Nobuo

    2016-05-01

    Dimensional crossover to the one-dimensional (1D) state from higher dimensions has been studied for dilute ^3He fluid adsorbed in 2.4 nm ^4He-preplated nanochannels, by susceptibility measurements down to 70 mK using 4.29 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance. In nanochannels, since energy states of ^3He motion perpendicular to the channel axis are discrete, a genuine 1D ^3He fluid is expected when the Fermi energy is less than the first excitation Δ _{01} for azimuthal motion. The susceptibilities χ above 0.3 K show the Curie-law susceptibilities independent of the ^3He density, which are characteristic of nondegenerate fluid in higher dimensions. With decreasing the temperature, a significant reduction of χ T was observed from about 0.3 K for all ^3He densities. It is considered to be due to the dimensional crossover below Δ _{01}˜ 0.5 K to the 1D ^3He state in the semi-degenerate regime above the Fermi temperature. In the 1D state at lower temperatures, T-independent χ were observed for ^3He of 0.019 layers below 0.1 K. It suggests that the 1D ^3He fluid enters the quantum degenerate regime.

  3. Towards the observation of the magnetic structure of solid 3He

    Experiments involving neutron scattering by 3He for which thermalization problems have been solved, along with the development of novel measurement techniques (density, magnetization, temperature) by polarized neutron transmission, crystallization experiments with 3He and 4He: a single crystal of helium have been obtained within a sintered metal in which the pore size is less than a micron are presented

  4. First detection of 3He+ in the planetary nebula IC 418

    Guzman-Ramirez, L.; Rizzo, J. R.; Zijlstra, A. A.; García-Miró, C.; Morisset, C.; Gray, M. D.

    2016-07-01

    The 3He isotope is important to many fields of astrophysics, including stellar evolution, chemical evolution, and cosmology. The isotope is produced in low-mass stars which evolve through the planetary nebula (PN) phase. 3He abundances in PNe can help test models of the chemical evolution of the Galaxy. We present the detection of the 3He+ emission line using the single dish Deep Space Station 63, towards the PN IC 418. We derived a 3He/H abundance in the range 1.74 ± 0.8 × 10-3 to 5.8 ± 1.7 × 10-3, depending on whether part of the line arises in an outer ionized halo. The lower value for 3He/H ratio approaches values predicted by stellar models which include thermohaline mixing, but requires that large amounts of 3He are produced inside low-mass stars which enrich the interstellar medium (ISM). However, this overpredicts the 3He abundance in H II regions, the ISM, and protosolar grains, which is known to be of the order of 10-5. This discrepancy questions our understanding of the evolution of the 3He, from circumstellar environments to the ISM.

  5. First measurement of the helicity dependence of 3He photoreactions in the Δ(1232 resonance region

    Costanza Susanna

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The first measurement of the helicity dependence for several photo-reaction channels on 3He was carried out in the photon energy range between 150 and 500 MeV at the MAMI accelerator (Mainz. The experiment used the large acceptance Crystal Ball spectrometer, complemented by charged particle and vertex detectors, a circularly polarised tagged photon beam and a longitudinally polarised high-pressure 3He gas target. Results of the helicity dependent total inclusive photoabsorption cross section on 3He and of both the unpolarised and polarised partial cross sections for the pion photoproduction channels γ 3He → πX and for the γ 3He → ppn channel, measured for the first time at MAMI, will be shown. They can also be found in [1].

  6. Burnup of fusion produced tritons and 3He ions in PLT and PDX

    The d(d,p)t and d(d,n)3He fusion reactions produce 1 MeV tritons and 0.8 MeV 3He ions which can subsequently undergo d(t,n)α and d(3He,p)α fusion reactions. The magnitude of this triton and 3He ion burnup was measured on the PLT and PDX tokamaks by detection of the 14 MeV neutron and 15 MeV proton emission. In discharges with B/sub phi/ greater than or equal to 2 T, the measured 3He burnup agrees well with predictions based on classical theories of ion confinement and slowing down, while the triton burnup was about four times lower than theoretically predicted. In discharges with weaker toroidal fields, the burnup of both ions fell by more than a factor of ten

  7. Nuclear reaction analysis as a tool for the {sup 3}He thermal evolution in Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} ceramics

    Carella, E., E-mail: elisabetta.carella@ciemat.es [National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT, Av. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Sauvage, T., E-mail: thierry.sauvage@cnrs-orleans.fr [CEMTHI-CNRS, Site Cyclotron, 3A Rue de la Ferollerie, 45071 Orléans (France); Bès, R., E-mail: Rene.BES@cea.fr [CEMTHI-CNRS, Site Cyclotron, 3A Rue de la Ferollerie, 45071 Orléans (France); Courtois, B., E-mail: blandine.courtois@cnrs-orleans.fr [CEMTHI-CNRS, Site Cyclotron, 3A Rue de la Ferollerie, 45071 Orléans (France); González, M., E-mail: maria.gonzalez@ciemat.es [National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT, Av. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2014-08-01

    Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} ceramic is one of the promising solid breeding candidates for fuel generation in deuterium–tritium Fusion reactors. The Tritium (T) release characteristics consist of a complex combination of gas diffusion stages inside the solid. Considering that this ceramic will produce high concentration of gaseous transmutation products ({sup 3}H and {sup 4}He) when exposed to high-energy neutrons, there are considerable interests in studying {sup 3}He thermal evolution for the fundamental understanding of the light ion behavior in breeder blanket materials under reactor conditions. {sup 3}He atoms used to simulate the {sup 4}He incorporation were implanted by a 600 keV ion beam at a fluence of 10{sup 17} at/cm{sup 2} and the {sup 3}He(d,α){sup 1}H nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) technique was subsequently used to study depth profiles evolution after different thermal annealing treatments. The release experiments showed that {sup 3}He outgassing is not effective at room temperature, remaining quite negligible till 300 °C. After this temperature, the {sup 3}He content in the sample reduces steadily with increasing the annealing temperature, and less than 5% of the initial {sup 3}He concentration was found at 900 °C after an isochronal annealing, without significant depth-profile broadening. Scanning and transmission electron microscopies characterization highlight the microstructural changes of the implanted and annealed ceramic within the nuclear cascades zone. The correlation of results obtained by electron microscopy and NRA technique leads to the conclusion that the helium release is governed by a transport mechanism that involves rapid migration/diffusion through interconnected gas cavities and resulting microcracks before reaching grain boundaries and opened pores.

  8. Electron bubbles and Weyl fermions in chiral superfluid 3He-A

    Shevtsov, Oleksii; Sauls, J. A.

    2016-08-01

    Electrons embedded in liquid 3He form mesoscopic bubbles with large radii compared to the interatomic distance between 3He atoms, voids of Nbubble≈200 3He atoms, generating a negative ion with a large effective mass that scatters thermal excitations. Electron bubbles in chiral superfluid 3He-A also provide a local probe of the ground state. We develop a scattering theory of Bogoliubov quasiparticles by negative ions embedded in 3He-A that incorporates the broken symmetries of 3He-A , particularly broken symmetries under time reversal and mirror symmetry in a plane containing the chiral axis l ̂. Multiple scattering by the ion potential, combined with branch conversion scattering by the chiral order parameter, leads to a spectrum of Weyl fermions bound to the ion that support a mass current circulating the electron bubble—a mesoscopic realization of chiral edge currents in superfluid 3He-A films. A consequence is that electron bubbles embedded in 3He-A acquire angular momentum, L ≈-(Nbubble/2 ) ℏ l ̂ , inherited from the chiral ground state. We extend the scattering theory to calculate the forces on a moving electron bubble, both the Stokes drag and a transverse force, FW=e/c v ×BW , defined by an effective magnetic field, BW∝l ̂ , generated by the scattering of thermal quasiparticles off the spectrum of Weyl fermions bound to the moving ion. The transverse force is responsible for the anomalous Hall effect for electron bubbles driven by an electric field reported by the RIKEN group. Our results for the scattering cross section, drag, and transverse forces on moving ions are compared with experiments and shown to provide a quantitative understanding of the temperature dependence of the mobility and anomalous Hall angle for electron bubbles in normal and superfluid 3He-A . We also discuss our results in relation to earlier work on the theory of negative ions in superfluid 3He.

  9. 3He and BF3 Neutron Detector Pressure Effect and Model Comparison

    Paper for SORMA conference Radiation detection systems for homeland security applications must possess the capability of detecting both gamma rays and neutrons. The radiation portal monitor (RPM) systems that are currently deployed use a plastic scintillator for detecting gamma rays and 3He gas-filled proportional counters for detecting neutrons. Proportional counters filled with 3He are the preferred neutron detectors for use in RPMs because 3He has a large neutron cross section, is relatively insensitive to gamma-rays, is neither toxic nor corrosive, can withstand extreme environments, and can be operated at a lower voltage than some of the alternative proportional counters. The amount of 3He required for homeland security and science applications has depleted the world supply and there is no longer enough available to fill the demand. Thus, alternative neutron detectors are being explored. Two possible temporary solutions that could be utilized while a more permanent solution is being identified are reducing the 3He pressure in the proportional counters and using boron trifluoride (BF3) gas-filled proportional counters. Reducing the amount of 3He required in each of the proportional counters would decrease the rate at which 3He is being used, not enough to solve the shortage but perhaps enough to increase the amount of time available to find a working replacement. BF3 is not appropriate for all situations as these detectors are less sensitive than 3He, BF3 gas is corrosive, and a much higher voltage is required than what is used with 3He detectors. Measurements of the neutron detection efficiency of 3He and BF3 as a function of tube pressure were made. The experimental results were also used to validate models of the RPMs.

  10. 3He and BF3 neutron detector pressure effect and model comparison

    Radiation detection systems for homeland security applications must possess the capability of detecting both gamma rays and neutrons. The radiation portal monitor systems that are currently deployed use a plastic scintillator for detecting gamma rays and 3He gas-filled proportional counters for detecting neutrons. Proportional counters filled with 3He are the preferred neutron detectors for use in radiation portal monitor systems because 3He has a large neutron cross-section, is relatively insensitive to gamma-rays, is neither toxic nor corrosive, can withstand extreme environments, and can be operated at a lower voltage than some of the alternative proportional counters. The amount of 3He required for homeland security and science applications has depleted the world supply and there is no longer enough available to fill the demand. Thus, alternative neutron detectors are being explored. Two possible temporary solutions that could be utilized while a more permanent solution is being identified are reducing the 3He pressure in the proportional counters and using boron trifluoride gas-filled proportional counters. Reducing the amount of 3He required in each of the proportional counters would decrease the rate at which 3He is being used; not enough to solve the shortage, but perhaps enough to increase the amount of time available to find a working replacement. Boron trifluoride is not appropriate for all situations as these detectors are less sensitive than 3He, boron trifluoride gas is corrosive, and a much higher voltage is required than what is used with 3He detectors. Measurements of the neutron detection efficiency of 3He and boron trifluoride as a function of tube pressure were made. The experimental results were also used to validate models of the radiation portal monitor systems.

  11. T(T,2n)4He and 3He(3He,2p)4He: The Reaction Mechanism from Solar Energies to 10 MeV

    Bacher, A. D.; Brune, C. R.; Sayre, D. B.; Hale, G. M.; Frenje, J. A.; Gatu Johnson, M.

    2016-03-01

    We have studied the energy dependence of the reaction mechanism of the T(t,2n)4He reaction at stellar energies and of its charge symmetric analog reaction 3He(3He,2p)4He at energies up 10 MeV. We find that the reaction mechanism changes dramatically over this energy range in part due to the interference of the two identical fermions in the three-body final state. This contribution is dedicated to the memory of Tom Tombrello, my Ph.D. advisor at Cal Tech, who died in 2014.

  12. Gas cells for 3He hyperpolarized via spin-exchange optical pumping

    Kim, W.; Stepanyan, S. S.; Kim, A.; Tan, J. A.; Woo, S.

    2016-01-01

    We present a device for the production of hyperpolarized 3He, which is widely used in spinrelated nuclear physics research. Spin-exchange optical pumping (SEOP) is employed to polarize 3He enclosed in a circular borosilicate glass cell suitable not only for the production of polarized gas but also for its storage. The portable glass cell can, thus, be transported to any other research facility. The glass cell can be refilled several times. Special attention is given to the preparation and the filling of the cell to minimize the impurities on its walls and in the gas. We employ glass tubes with shorter lengths and larger diameters in the gas-filling system to achieve the improvement in the air flow necessary to obtain purer polarized 3He samples. The cell is prepared, and after it has been filled with rubidium (Rb) and 3He-N2 mixture, it is sealed under high vacuum conditions. The cell containing the mixture is exposed to circularly-polarized laser light with a wavelength of 795 nm at temperatures of 180 - 220 °C for SEOP. The polarization of 3He is measured via nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). We obtained 40% polarized 3He in less than 15 hours and 50% in about 25 hours. The longitudinal relaxation time T 1 of the polarized 3He we measured was about 58 hours.

  13. Evidence of Cluster Structure of $^9$Be from $^3$He+$^9$Be Reaction

    Lukyanov, S M; Naumenko, M A; Xu, Yi; Trzaska, W H; Burjan, V; Kroha, V; Mrazek, J; Glagolev, V; Piskoř, Š; Voskoboynik, E I; Khlebnikov, S V; Penionzhkevich, Yu E; Skobelev, N K; Sobolev, Yu G; Tyurin, G P; Kuterbekov, K; Tuleushev, Yu

    2015-01-01

    The study of inelastic scattering and multi-nucleon transfer reactions was performed by bombarding a $^{9}$Be target with a $^3$He beam at an incident energy of 30 MeV. Angular distributions for $^9$Be($^3$He,$^3$He)$^{9}$Be, $^9$Be($^3$He,$^4$He)$^{8}$Be, $^9$Be($^3$He,$^5$He)$^{7}$Be, $^9$Be($^3$He,$^6$Li)$^6$Li and $^9$Be($^3$He,$^5$Li)$^7$Li reaction channels were measured. Experimental angular distributions for the corresponding ground states (g.s.) were analysed within the framework of the optical model, the coupled-channel approach and the distorted-wave Born approximation. Cross sections for channels leading to unbound $^5$He$_{g.s.}$, $^5$Li$_{g.s.}$ and $^8$Be systems were obtained from singles measurements where the relationship between the energy and the scattering angle of the observed stable ejectile is constrained by two-body kinematics. Information on the cluster structure of $^{9}$Be was obtained from the transfer channels. It was concluded that cluster transfer is an important mechanism in t...

  14. First Detection of $^3$He$^+$ in the Planetary Nebula IC$\\,$418

    Guzman-Ramirez, L; Zijlstra, A A; García-Miró, C; Morisset, C; Gray, M D

    2016-01-01

    The $^3$He isotope is important to many fields of astrophysics, including stellar evolution, chemical evolution, and cosmology. The isotope is produced in low-mass stars which evolve through the planetary nebula (PN) phase. $^3$He abundances in PNe can help test models of the chemical evolution of the Galaxy. We present the detection of the $^3$He$^+$ emission line using the single dish Deep Space Station 63, towards the PN IC$\\,$418. We derived a $^3$He/H abundance in the range 1.74$\\pm$0.8$\\times$10$^{-3}$ to 5.8$\\pm$1.7$\\times$10$^{-3}$, depending on whether part of the line arises in an outer ionized halo. The lower value for $^3$He/H ratio approaches values predicted by stellar models which include thermohaline mixing, but requires that large amounts of $^3$He are produced inside low-mass stars which enrich the interstellar medium (ISM). However, this over-predicts the $^3$He abundance in HII regions, the ISM, and proto-solar grains, which is known to be of the order of 10$^{-5}$. This discrepancy questi...

  15. Multi-spacecraft observations of recurrent {sup 3}He-rich solar energetic particles

    Bučík, R.; Innes, D. E.; Mall, U.; Korth, A. [Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, D-37077 Göttingen (Germany); Mason, G. M. [Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, MD 20723 (United States); Gómez-Herrero, R., E-mail: bucik@mps.mpg.de [Space Research Group, University of Alcalá, E-28871 Alcalá de Henares (Spain)

    2014-05-01

    We study the origin of {sup 3}He-rich solar energetic particles (<1 MeV nucleon{sup –1}) that are observed consecutively on STEREO-B, Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE), and STEREO-A spacecraft when they are separated in heliolongitude by more than 90°. The {sup 3}He-rich period on STEREO-B and STEREO-A commences on 2011 July 1 and 2011 July 16, respectively. The ACE {sup 3}He-rich period consists of two sub-events starting on 2011 July 7 and 2011 July 9. We associate the STEREO-B July 1 and ACE July 7 {sup 3}He-rich events with the same sizeable active region (AR) producing X-ray flares accompanied by prompt electron events, when it was near the west solar limb as seen from the respective spacecraft. The ACE July 9 and STEREO-A July 16 events were dispersionless with enormous {sup 3}He enrichment, lacking solar energetic electrons and occurring in corotating interaction regions. We associate these events with a small, recently emerged AR near the border of a low-latitude coronal hole that produced numerous jet-like emissions temporally correlated with type III radio bursts. For the first time we present observations of (1) solar regions with long-lasting conditions for {sup 3}He acceleration and (2) solar energetic {sup 3}He that is temporarily confined/re-accelerated in interplanetary space.

  16. 3He(d,p)4He reaction calculation with three-body Faddeev equations

    In order to investigate the 3He-n-p system as a three-body problem, we have formulated 3He-n and 3H-p effective potentials using both a microscopic treatment and a phenomenological approach. In the microscopic treatment, potentials are generated by means of the resonating group method (RGM) based on the Minnesota nucleon-nucleon potential. These potentials are converted into separable form by means of the microscopic Pauli correct (MPC) method. The MPC potentials are properly formulated to avoid Pauli forbidden states. The phenomenological potentials are obtained by modifying parameters of the EST approximation to the Paris nucleon-nucleon potential, such that they fit the low-energy 3He-n, 3H-p, and 3He-p phase shifts. Therefore, they describe the 3He-n differential cross section, the polarization observables, and the energy levels of 4He. The 3He-n-p Faddeev equations are solved numerically. We reproduce correctly the ground state and the first excited state of 5Li. Furthermore, the Paris-type potential is used to investigate the 3He(d,p)4He reaction at a deuteron bombarding energy of 270 MeV, where the system is treated as a three-body problem. Results for the polarized and unpolarized differential cross sections demonstrate convergence of the Born series. (orig.)

  17. P16.26MINIMUM APPARENT DIFFUSION COEFFICIENT MEASUREDBY 3T MR IMAGES IN GLIOBLASTOMA AND O6-METHYLGUANINE-DNA-METHYTRANSFERASE GENE PROMOTER METHYLATED STATUS

    Asteggiano, F.; VELLA A; Scola, E; E. Pirola; Minichiello, M.; Miozzo, M; Caroli, M.; Bergamasco, L.; Rampini, P; Triulzi, F

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive type of primary brain tumour. O6-methylguanine-DNA-methytransferase (MGMT) gene promoter methylation status has proven to be a predictive prognostic marker for longer survival in patients with newly diagnosed GBM treated with surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Patients showing a methylation of the MGMT promoter have a longer overall survival. We used Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DW-MRI) to obtain data about brain t...

  18. Study on (n3, He) fusion reactions cross sections using optical model

    Non-elastic cross-sections have been calculated by using optical model for (n3, He) reactions at 22.5 MeV energy. The empirical formula including optical model non-elastic effects by fitting two parameters for the (n3, He) reaction cross-sections have been suggested. Reaction Q-values depending on the asymmetry term effect for the (n3, He) reaction have been investigated. The obtained cross-section formula with new coefficients has been compared with the experimental data and discussed. It has seen that the fit of formula in this paper is in good agreement with the experimental data

  19. Exchange of np-pair in elastic p3He-backscattering at intermidiate energies

    The contribution of loop Feynmann diagrams, describing the np-pair transfer in backward elastic p3He scattering, has been investigated in the framework of the three-dimensional diagram approach at incident energies of 0.2-1.7 GeV. It is shown that the sum of discussed diagrams is equivalent to the Born approximation in NN-interaction potentials. The numerical calculations performed using the five-channel Faddeev wave function of3He show that the sequentional n-p transfer dominates and its amplitude is rather weakly sensitive to the D-components of the 3He wave function and relativistic corrections. 26 resf., 3 figs

  20. What can superconductivity learn from quantized vorticity in 3He superfluids?

    In 3He superfluids quantized vorticity can take many different forms: It can appear as distributed periodic textures, as sheets, or as lines. In the anisotropic 3He-A phase in most cases the amplitude of the order parameter remains constant throughout the vortex structure and only its orientation changes in space. In the quasi-isotropic 3He-B phase vortex lines have a hard core where the order parameter has a reduced, but finite amplitude. The different structures have been firmly identified, based on both measurement and calculation. What parallels can be drawn from this information to the new unconventional superconductors or Bose-Einstein condensates? (orig.)

  1. Static aspects of the fission and fusion of liquid 3He drops

    Using an effective 3He-3He interaction, the fission and fusion of 3He drops have been investigated from a static point of view. The calculations show that a fission barrier develops for these neutral systems, and that their saddle configurations are rather elongate. The transition from oblate to prolate shapes as a function of the angular momentum L, as well as critical values for fission and fusion are discussed for some selected cases. A kind of proximity potential can be extracted from the drop-drop interaction potentials. (author) 33 refs.; 9 figs

  2. Kaonic 3He and 4He X-ray measurements in SIDDHARTA

    Ishiwatari, T; Beer, G; Berucci, C; Bombelli, L; Bragadireanu, A M; Cargnelli, M; Clozza, A; Corradi, G; Curceanu, C; d'Uffizi, A; Fiorini, C; Ghio, F; Girolami, B; Guaraldo, C; Hayano, R S; Iliescu, M; Iwasaki, M; Kienle, P; Sandri, P Levi; Lucherini, V; Marton, J; Okada, S; Pietreanu, D; Piscicchia, K; Lener, M Poli; Ponta, T; Quaglia, R; Rizzo, A; Vidal, A Romero; Scordo, A; Shi, H; Sirghi, D L; Sirghi, F; Tatsuno, H; Tudorache, A; Tudorache, V; Doce, O Vazquez; Widmann, E; Wuenschek, B; Zmeskal, J

    2011-01-01

    The strong-interaction shift of kaonic 3He and 4He 2p states was measured using gaseous targets for the first time in the SIDDHARTA experiment. The determined shift of kaonic 4He is much smaller than the values obtained in the experiments performed in 70's and 80's. Thus, the problems in kaonic helium (the "kaonic helium puzzle") was definitely solved by our measurements. The first observation of the kaonic 3He X-rays was also achieved. The shift both of kaonic 3He and 4He was found to be as small as a few eV.

  3. Study of neutron spin structure functions at low Q2 with polarized 3He

    The recently completed experiment E94-010 at Jefferson Lab studies the neutron spin structure functions at low momentum transfer (Q2) values. Using a polarized 3 He target and polarized electron beam, we have measured the asymmetries and cross sections for 3He(e,e') from the elastic to the deep inelastic region. The covered Q2 ranges from 0.03 to 1.1 GeV2. From the data, the Q2 evolution of the spin structure functions for 3He and neutron, and of the Gerasimov-Drell-Hearn (GDH) sum rule has been studied, and the preliminary results are presented

  4. Difusividade térmica aparente de sementes de cajá em temperaturas acima do congelamento até ultrabaixas temperaturas Apparent thermal diffusivity of caja seeds in above freezing to ultra low temperatures

    Marcos J. de A. Gama

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do trabalho foi determinar a difusividade térmica aparente de sementes de cajá avaliando o efeito da variação do teor de água e da temperatura e ajustar diferentes modelos matemáticos aos valores experimentais. Sementes com a faixa de teor de água de 6,05 a 61,84% (b.u. foram submetidas a secagem e à temperatura de 40 ºC. A redução do teor de água ao longo da secagem foi acompanhada pelo método gravimétrico (perda de massa enquanto a difusividade térmica aparente da semente de cajá foi determinada pelo método de Dickerson. Concluiu-se que a difusividade térmica aparente, em temperatura acima do congelamento e em ultrabaixas temperaturas em função do teor de água (b.u, podem ser representados satisfatoriamente por um modelo de regressão linear e que o valor da difusividade térmica aparente aumenta exponencialmente com o aumento da temperatura.The aim of this study was to determine experimentally the apparent thermal diffusivity caja seeds, evaluating the effect of variation of water content and temperature and adjust different mathematical models to experimental values. Seeds with the range of water content from 6.05 to 61.84% (wb subjected to drying at a temperature of 40 ºC were studied. The reduction of water content during drying was monitored by gravimetric method (weight loss. The apparent thermal diffusivity of caja seed was determined by the method of Dickerson. It was concluded that the apparent thermal diffusivity in temperature above freezing and ultralow temperatures as a function of water content (wb, can be satisfactorily represented by a linear regression model and that value of the apparent thermal diffusivity increases exponentially with increasing temperature.

  5. Precise tests of fundamental symmetries at low energies using a {sup 3}He-{sup 129}Xe comagnetometer

    Allmendinger, Fabian

    2015-01-21

    Effects of theories beyond the Standard Model would become directly apparent at high energies, which are probably out of reach for colliders. As an alternative, low-energy high-precision measurements of quantities are performed, looking for deviations from the Standard Model (SM) predictions. In this case: Firstly, a small amount of the large effects of quantum gravity at the Planck scale should remain at low energies, which is tested by looking for Lorentz invariance violation in the neutron sector. Secondly, new sources of CP-violation would cause permanent electric dipole moments (EDMs)of particles that are many orders of magnitude larger than the EDMs predicted by the SM. The experimental approach is to measure the free precession of nuclear spin polarized {sup 3}He and {sup 129}Xe atoms in a homogeneous magnetic guiding field of about 400 nT using LT{sub C} SQUIDs as low-noise magnetic flux detectors. This dissertation reports on the search for a CPT and Lorentz invariance violating coupling of the {sup 3}He and {sup 129}Xe nuclear spins to posited background fields. An upper limit on the equatorial component of the background field interacting with the spin of the bound neutron b{sup n} {sub perpendicular} {sub to} <8.4.10{sup -34} GeV (68% C.L.) was obtained. Furthermore, the technical developments and preparations for measurements of the {sup 129}Xe EDM are described.

  6. Specific-heat measurements on dilute 3He-4He mixtures

    The author measured the specific heat of dilute 3He-4He mixtures in the concentration range from X = 1 x 10-3 to X = 3 x 10-3 and in the temperature range from 100 mK to 600 mK. This has been done by means of a thermal relaxation method. This method provides some interesting features and is applied, to our knowledge, for the first time to dilute 3He-4He mixtures. To reach the required temperature range for our experiments a 4He circulating 3He-4He dilution refrigerator has been constructed. The results confirm the deviation of the 3He contribution to the specific heat from the ideal Fermi gas behaviour. (Auth.)

  7. Preconceptual engineering design for the APT 3He Target/Blanket concept

    A preconceptual engineering design has been developed for the 3He Target/Blanket (T/B) System for the Accelerator Production of Tritium Project. This concept uses an array of pressure tubes containing tungsten rods for the neutron spallation source and 3He gas contained in a metal tank and blanket tubes as the tritium production material. The engineering design is based on a physics model optimized for efficient tritium production. Principle engineering consideration were: provisions for cooling all materials including the 3He gas; containment of the gas and radionuclides; remote handling; material compatibility; minimization of 3He, D2O, and activated waste; modularity; and manufacturability. The design provides a basis for estimating the cost to implement the system

  8. The ion optics of a miniature 3He/4He mass spectrometer of high resolution

    To measure the isotopic abundance ratio of 3He and 4He in samples by mass spectrometers is an important detection mean for helium isotope geochemistry research. A symmetrically arranged tandem 3He/4He mass spectrometer is described in the paper. The front stage, used to analyse 3He (including HD and H3) and 4He, is a homogeneous analysing magnet with a bending angle of 90 deg and a bending radius of 6 cm. The end stage, used to analyse 3He, HD and H3, is a non-homogeneous analysing magnet with a bending angle of 180 deg, a bending radius of 15 cm and a magnetic field gradient of 0.75. Because of the use of the non-zero second order coefficient β and curved entrance face of the later magnet for eliminating second order aberrations, the resolving power of the system is notably improved, and theoretically reaches about 3800

  9. Discovery of superfluid 3He phases wins 1996 nobel prize in physics

    The 1996 Nobel prize in physics was awarded to David M. Lee, Douglas D. Osheroff and Robert C. Richardson for their discovery of superfluidity in 3He in 1971. A short account of the discovery and its importance is given

  10. Cryopol: a superconducting magnetostatic cavity for a sup 3 He neutron spin filter

    Dreyer, J; Bourgeat-Lami, E; Lelievre-Berna, E; Pujol, S; Thomas, F; Thomas, M; Tasset, F

    2000-01-01

    We present a device called 'Cryopol' that provides a clean magnetic environment for a sup 3 He spin filter cell, even in the presence of strong magnetic stray fields like those of a superconducting magnet.

  11. Measurements of the structure and nucleation of vorticity in the (3)He superfluids. Doctoral thesis

    Parts, U.

    1995-10-01

    This thesis reports experiments on rotating superfluid 3He, which were performed in the Low Temperature Laboratory during the period 1991-94, and which are published in a series of original publications. Rotation is particularly useful for creating various types of topological objecs, e.g. quantized vortex lines, in large quantities for systematic investigation. The author`s method to study them is the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique, which has been an important experimental tool in various fields of physics for about fifty years. In the case of superfluid 3He, NMR provides direct information on the spatial distribution of the order parameter field. Both superfluid phases of 3He, the A- and the B-phase, have been under investigation in this thesis work. In 3He-B the main concern has been the nucleation of singular vortices. This process involves an energy barrier, similar to a first order phase transition.

  12. Isospin effects in the exclusive dp -> 3He{\\pi}+{\\pi}- reaction

    Mielke, M; Chiladze, D; Dymov, S; Fritzsch, C; Gebel, R; Goslawski, P; Hartmann, M; Kacharava, A; Khoukaz, A; Kulessa, P; Lorentz, B; Mersmann, T; Mikirtychiants, S; Ohm, H; Papenbrock, M; Rausmann, T; Serdyuk, V; Ströher, H; Täschner, A; Valdau, Y; Wilkin, C

    2014-01-01

    The differential cross section for the exclusive dp -> 3He{\\pi}+{\\pi}- reaction has been measured with high resolution and large statistics over a large fraction of the backward 3He hemisphere at the excess energy 265 MeV using the COSY-ANKE magnetic spectrometer. Though the well-known ABC enhancement is observed in the {\\pi}+{\\pi}- spectrum, the differences detected between the {\\pi}+3He and {\\pi}-3He invariant-mass distributions show that there must be some isospin-one {\\pi}{\\pi} production even at relatively low excess energies. The invariant-mass differences are modeled in terms of the sequential decay N*(1440) -> Delta(1232){\\pi} -> N{\\pi}{\\pi}.

  13. Regional Ventilation Changes in Severe Asthma after Bronchial Thermoplasty with 3He MR Imaging and CT

    Thomen, Robert P.; Sheshadri, Ajay; Quirk, James D.; Kozlowski, Jim; Ellison, Henry D.; Szczesniak, Rhonda D.; Castro, Mario; Woods, Jason C.

    2014-01-01

    We quantified regional lung ventilation in healthy volunteers and patients with severe asthma (both before and after thermoplasty) at the level of individual bronchopulmonary segments by using a combination of 3He MR imaging and CT.

  14. New data and evaluation of sup 3 He-induced nuclear reactions on Cu

    Tarkanyi, F; Takács, S; Al-Abyad, M; Mustafa, M G; Shubin, Y; Zhuang, Y

    2002-01-01

    Excitation functions of sup n sup a sup t Cu( sup 3 He, x) sup 6 sup 6 Ga, sup n sup a sup t Cu( sup 3 He, x) sup 6 sup 7 Ga, sup n sup a sup t Cu( sup 3 He, x) sup 6 sup 3 Zn and sup n sup a sup t Cu( sup 3 He, x) sup 6 sup 5 Zn nuclear reactions were measured up to 36 MeV using stacked foil irradiation arrangement and activation technique. The results were compared with compiled literature data. The status of the experimental database was investigated with the goal to produce recommended values for different applications. The application of the deduced data in the field of beam monitoring and thin layer activation is discussed.

  15. Ignition analysis for D plasma with non-Maxwellian 3He minority in fusion reactors

    Possible fusion reactivity enhancement due to 3He minority ICRF heating in D-3He toroidal plasma is demonstrated in present numerical simulations. On this purpose the particle code based on test-particle approach is developed. This code solves guiding center equations for 3He ions in toroidal magnetic field including Coulomb collisions of these ions with the background deuterons and electrons. A simple Monte Carlo model for ICRF heating is implemented in this code as well. The transformation of 3He distribution function from Maxwellian to non-Maxwellian due to heating plays the key role for reactivity enhancement. The formation of significant energetic tail gives rise to the reactivity enhancement. This is an important issue for the performance of fusion reactors with minority heating of ICRF. (author)

  16. Improved Technique for Measurement of Regional Fractional Ventilation by Hyperpolarized 3He MRI

    Emami, Kiarash; Kadlecek, Stephen J.; Woodburn, John M.; Zhu, Jianliang; Yu, Jiangsheng; Vahdat, Vahid; Pickup, Stephen; Ishii, Masaru; Rizi, Rahim R.

    2010-01-01

    Quantitative measurement of regional lung ventilation is of great significance in assessment of lung function in many obstructive and restrictive pulmonary diseases. A new technique for regional measurement of fractional ventilation using hyperpolarized 3He MRI is proposed, addressing the shortcomings of an earlier approach that limited its use to small animals. The new approach allows for the acquisition of similar quantitative maps over a shortened period and requires substantially less 3He...

  17. High-efficiency microstructured semiconductor neutron detectors for direct 3He replacement

    High-efficiency Microstructured Semiconductor Neutron Detectors (MSNDs) have been tiled and arranged in a cylindrical form factor in order to serve as a direct replacement to aging and increasingly expensive 3He gas-filled proportional neutron detectors. Two 6-in long by 2-in diameter cylinders were constructed and populated with MSNDs which were then directly compared to a 4 atm Reuter Stokes 3He detector of the same dimensions. The Generation 1 MSND-based 3Helium-Replacement (HeRep Mk I) device contained sixty-four 1-cm2 active-area MSNDs, each with an intrinsic neutron detection efficiency of approximately 7%. A Generation 2 device (the HeRep Mk II) was populated with thirty 4-cm2 active-area MSNDs, with an intrinsic thermal neutron detection efficiency of approximately 30%. The MSNDs of each HeRep were integrated to count as a single device. The 3He proportional counter and the HeRep devices were tested while encased in a cylinder of high-density polyethylene measuring a total of 6-in by 9-in. The 3He counter and the HeRep Mk II were each placed 1 m from a 54-ng 252Cf source and tested for efficiency. The 3He proportional counter had a net count rate of 17.13±0.10 cps at 1 m. The HeRep Mk II device had a net count rate of 17.60±0.10 cps, amounting to 102.71±2.65% of the 3He gas counter while inside of the moderator. Outside of moderator, the 3He tube had a count rate of 3.35±0.05 cps and the HeRep Mk II device reported 3.19±05, amounting to 95.15±9.04% of the 3He neutron detector

  18. Generalized parton distributions of 3He and the neutron orbital structure

    Rinaldi, Matteo; Scopetta, Sergio

    2013-01-01

    The two leading twist, quark helicity conserving generalized parton distributions (GPDs) of 3He, accessible, for example, in coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS), are calculated in impulse approximation (IA). Their sum, at low momentum transfer, is found to be largely dominated by the neutron contribution, so that 3He is very promising for the extraction of the neutron information. Anyway, such an extraction could be not trivial. A technique, able to take into account the nuclear...

  19. Ionization of polarized 3He+ ions in EBIS trap with slanted electrostatic mirror.

    Pikin,A.; Zelenski, A.; Kponou, A.; Alessi, J.; Beebe, E.; Prelee, K.; Raparia, D.

    2007-09-10

    Methods of producing the nuclear polarized {sup 3}He{sup +} ions and their ionization to {sup 3}H{sup ++} in ion trap of the electron Beam Ion Source (EBIS) are discussed. Computer simulations show that injection and accumulation of {sup 3}He{sup +} ions in the EBIS trap with slanted electrostatic mirror can be very effective for injection times longer than the ion traversal time through the trap.

  20. Contribution to the study of a helium dilution refrigerator with a 3He - 4He mixture

    New concepts to improve the conditions of operation of a helium dilution refrigerator with 3He additions in 4He are presented. The sealing of several circuits including heat exchangers is studied. A cryostat operating without a 3He condensation system is developed. The cryostat allows temperatures as low as 40 mK to be reached and is small enough to be transportable. The whole system was designed for neutron diffraction studies. The utilization of sintered silver powder heat exchangers is considered

  1. A compact SEOP 3He neutron spin filter with AFP NMR

    Ino, Takashi; Arimoto, Yasushi; Shimizu, Hirohiko M.; Sakaguchi, Yoshifumi; Sakai, Kenji; Kira, Hiroshi; Shinohara, Takenao; Oku, Takayuki; Suzuki, Jun-ichi; Kakurai, Kazuhisa; Chang, Lieh-Jeng

    2012-02-01

    We developed AFP NMR in an aluminum container for polarized noble gas nuclei. The radio frequency magnetic field inside the aluminum container was designed from computer simulations. The polarization loss by the AFP spin flip of 3He was measured to be as low as 3.8×10-4. With this technique, a compact in-situ polarizing 3He neutron spin filter with AFP NMR is demonstrated.

  2. Validity of the evidence for a central depression in the charge density of 3He

    The derivation of proton and neutron charge densities from experimentally obtained form factors is considered. The meson exchange current contribution to the 3He charge form factor for three models of neutron and proton charge form factors is calculated and it is shown that it is not valid to use the short range behavior of nucleon charge density to deduce information on the structure of 3He

  3. Electropion production in 3He determined by measuring the triton recoil cross section

    The 3He(e,T) π+,e' cross section has been measured as a function of incident electron energy, triton recoil energy and angle. The experiment corresponds to excitation energies near 20 MeV above pion threshold. Comparison is made with a theory including all partial waves using Gaussian and Irving-Gunn ground states for 3He. The forward peaking approximation is also discussed

  4. 3He(e,d)e'p isochromats and angular distribution measurements

    An angular distribution and isochromats for the reaction 3He(e,d)e'p were measured to determine the importance of E2 strength near the peak of the 3He(#betta#,d)p cross section. The angular distribution was analyzed using both a complete and approximate virtual photon spectrum. The isochromats were compared to a plane wave model prediction and least squares fitted to determine the relative amounts of E1 and E2 strength

  5. Possibilities for breakeven and ignition of D-3He fusion fuel in a near term tokamak

    The recent realization that the moon contains a large amount of the isotope 3He has rekindled interest in the D-3He fuel cycle. In this study we consider the feasibility of investigating D-3He reactor plasma conditions in a tokamak of the NET/INTOR class. We have found that, depending on the energy confinement scaling law, energy breakeven may be achieved without significant modification to the NET design. The best results are for the more optimistic ASDEX H-mode scaling law. Kaye-Goldston scaling with a modest improvement due to the H-mode is more pessimistic and makes achieving breakeven more difficult. Significant improvement in Q (ratio of the fusion power to the injected power), or the ignition margin, can be achieved by taking advantage of the much reduced neutron production of the D-3He fuel cycle. Removal of the tritium producing blanket and replacing the inboard neutron shield by a thinner shield optimized for the neutron spectrum in D-3He allows the plasma to be increased without changing the magnetic field at the toroidal field magnet. This allows the plasma to achieve higher beta and Q values up to about 3. The implications of D-3He operation for fast ion loss, neutron shielding, heat loads on the first wall and divertor, plasma refuelling, changes to the poloidal field coil system, and pumping of the helium from the vacuum chamber are considered in the report. (orig.)

  6. First doubly polarised photoproduction on 3He at the photon beam of MAMI

    A first experiment with a polarised 3He target was carried out in July 2009 at the MAMI accelerator in Mainz in a photon energy range between 200 MeV and 800 MeV. The aim of this measurement was to investigate the Gerasimov-Drell-Hearn sum rule on the neutron. The use of the data obtained with the polarised 3He target, compared to existing data on the deuteron, gives a complementary and more direct access to the neutron, due to the spin structure of the 3He. The measurement of the helicity dependence of the inclusive total photoabsorption cross section required a beam of tagged circularly polarised photons incident on the longitudinally polarised 3He target. The data were taken using the 4π Crystal Ball photon spectrometer in combination with TAPS as a forward wall and complemented by a threshold Cherenkov detector used to on-line suppress the background from electromagnetic events. The development and preparation of the different components of the 3He experimental setup was an important part of this work and are described in detail in this thesis. The detector system and the analysis method were tested by the measurement of the unpolarised total inclusive photoabsorption cross section on liquid hydrogen. The results obtained are in good agreement with previous published data. Preliminary results of the unpolarised total photoabsorption cross section, as well as the helicity dependent photoabsorption cross section difference on 3He compared with several theoretical models will also be presented. (orig.)

  7. Differential diagnosis between malignant and benign hepatic tumors using apparent diffusion coefficient on 1.5-T MR imaging: A meta analysis

    This meta-analysis evaluates the diagnostic accuracy of diffusion-weighted MR imaging with ADC values for differentiation between malignant and benign hepatic focal lesions. From retrieved articles, we selected 7 sets of data in 6 articles, which met all the included criteria, for meta-analysis. The pooled sensitivity and specificity were 86% (95% CI, 0.83–0.90) and 84% (95% CI, 0.78–0.88), respectively. However, notable heterogeneity between studies was noted and no covariate evaluated can explain the cause. Only b factor correlated with the mean ADC values of malignant and benign hepatic tumors. In conclusion, ADC value was useful for differentiation between malignant and benign hepatic focal lesions. But, significant heterogeneity between studies underlines the need for further efforts to optimize standardization and reproducibility of the utilized techniques and methods.

  8. Terrestrial cosmogenic 3He: where are we 30 years after its discovery?

    Blard, Pierre-Henri; Pik, Raphaël; Farley, Kenneth A.; Lavé, Jérôme; Marrocchi, Yves

    2016-04-01

    It is now 30 years since cosmogenic 3He has been detected for the first time in a terrestrial sample (Kurz, 1986). 3He is now a widely used geochemical tool in many fields of Earth sciences: volcanology, tectonics, paleoclimatology. 3He has the advantage to have a high "production rate" to "detection limit" ratio, allowing surfaces as young as hundred of years to be dated. Although its nuclear stability implies several limitations, it moreover represents a useful alternative to 10Be in mafic environments. This contribution is a review of the progresses that have been accomplished since this discovery, and discuss strategies to improve both the accuracy and the precision of this geochronometer. 1) Measurement of cosmogenic 3He Correction of magmatic 3He. To estimate the non-cosmogenic magmatic 3He, Kurz (1986) invented a two steps method involving crushing of phenocrysts (to analyze the isotopic ratio of the magmatic component), followed by a subsequent melting of the sample, to extract the remaining components, including the cosmogenic 3He: 3Hec = 3Hemelt ‑4Hemelt x (3He/4He)magmatic (1) Several studies suggested that the preliminary crushing may induce a loss of cosmogenic 3He (Hilton et al., 1993; Yokochi et al., 2005; Blard et al., 2006), implying an underestimate of the cosmogenic 3He measurement. However, subsequent work did not replicate these observations (Blard et al., 2008; Goerhing et al., 2010), suggesting an influence of the used apparatus. An isochron method (by directly melting several phenocrysts aliquots) is an alternative to avoid the preliminary crushing step (Blard and Pik, 2008). Atmospheric contamination. Protin et al. (in press) provides robust evidences for a large and irreversible contamination of atmospheric helium on silicate surfaces. This unexpected behavior may reconcile the contrasted observations about the amplitude of crushing loss. This undesirable atmospheric contamination is negligible if grain fractions smaller than 150 mm are

  9. The $^{150}$Nd($^3$He,$t$) and $^{150}$Sm($t$,$^3$He) reactions with applications to $\\beta\\beta$ decay of $^{150}$Nd

    Guess, C J; Akimune, H; Algora, A; Austin, Sam M; Bazin, D; Brown, B A; Caesar, C; Deaven, J M; Ejiri, H; Estevez, E; Fang, D; Faessler, A; Frekers, D; Fujita, H; Fujita, Y; Fujiwara, M; Grinyer, G F; Harakeh, M N; Hatanaka, K; Herlitzius, C; Hirota, K; Hitt, G W; Ishikawa, D; Matsubara, H; Meharchand, R; Molina, F; Okamura, H; Ong, H J; Perdikakis, G; Rodin, V; Rubio, B; Shimbara, Y; Süsoy, G; Suzuki, T; Tamii, A; Thies, J H; Tur, C; Verhanovitz, N; Yosoi, M; Yurkon, J; Zegers, R G T; Zenihiro, J

    2011-01-01

    The $^{150}$Nd($^3$He,$t$) reaction at 140 MeV/u and $^{150}$Sm($t$,$^3$He) reaction at 115 MeV/u were measured, populating excited states in $^{150}$Pm. The transitions studied populate intermediate states of importance for the (neutrinoless) $\\beta\\beta$ decay of $^{150}$Nd to $^{150}$Sm. Monopole and dipole contributions to the measured excitation-energy spectra were extracted by using multipole decomposition analyses. The experimental results were compared with theoretical calculations obtained within the framework of Quasiparticle Random-Phase Approximation (QRPA), which is one of the main methods employed for estimating the half-life of the neutrinoless $\\beta\\beta$ decay ($0\

  10. Development of a 3He/Xe gas scintillation counter to measure the 3He(n,p)T cross section in the intermediate energy range

    A 3He/Xe gas scintillation counter has been developed for measuring the neutron energy range from thermal to 3 MeV. Great effort was concentrated on improving the detector design to optimize light production and collection to improve the energy resolution which is primarily controlled by photon statistics. The detectors were tested using a 238Pu alpha-particle source, a thermal neutron beam from the NBS reactor, and the white-neutron spectrum from the NBS linac. The detector measures an energy resolution of 17 % (FWHM) for the 3He(n,p)T reaction at 2.0 MeV which is sufficient for cross section measurement. (author)

  11. Development of a 3He/Xe gas scintillation counter to measure the 3He(n,p)T cross section in the intermediate energy range

    A 3He/Xe gas scintillation counter has been developed for measuring the neutron energy range from thermal to 3 MeV. Great effort was concentrated on improving the detector design to optimize light production and collection to improve the energy resolution which is primarily controlled by photon statistics. The detectors were tested using a 238Pu alpha-particle source, a thermal neutron beam from the NBS reactor, and the white-neutron spectrum from the NBS linac. The detector measures an energy resolution of 17% (FWHM) for the 3He(n,p)T reaction at 2.0 MeV which is sufficient for cross section measurement. 12 refs., 8 figs

  12. Forward-angle 3He(e,e'π+-) coincident electroproduction and the search for Δ's in the ground state of 3He

    Forward-angle coincident electroproduction cross sections of charged pions from 3He have been measured at the cw electron accelerator MAMI. The overall features of the data are reproduced in terms of a microscopic model, including pole terms, final state rescattering and produced and preformed Δ resonances. Separation of the cross section into its longitudinal and transverse parts was performed for the first time. (K.A.)

  13. Photodisintegration of /sup 3/H and /sup 3/He. [Threshold to 25 MeV

    Faul, D.D.

    1980-09-01

    The photoneutron cross sections for /sup 3/H and /sup 3/He have been measured from threshold to approx. 25 MeV with monoenergetic photons from the annihilation in flight of fast positrons at the LLL Electron-Positron Linear Accelerator facility. These reactions include the two-body breakup of /sup 3/H and the three-body breakup of both /sup 3/H and /sup 3/He; these measurements for /sup 3/H are the first to span the energy region across the peaks of the cross sections. An efficient BF/sub 3/-tube-and-paraffin neutron detector and high-pressure gaseous samples of several moles each (the activity of the /sup 3/H sample was approx. 200,000 Ci) were employed in these measurements. Measurements on /sup 16/O and /sup 2/H also were performed to verify the absolute cross-section scale. The results, when compared with each other and with results for the two-body breakup cross section for /sup 3/He from the literature, show that the two-body breakup cross sections for /sup 3/H and /sup 3/He have nearly the same shape, but the one for /sup 3/He lies lower in magnitude; the three-body breakup cross section for /sup 3/He lies higher in magnitude and is broader in the peak region and also rises less sharply from threshold than that for /sup 3/H; and these measured differences between the cross sections for the breakup modes largely compensate in their sum, so that the total photon absorption cross sections for /sup 3/H and /sup 3/He are nearly the same in both size and shape at energies near and above their peaks. Theoretical results from the literature disagree with the experimental results to a certain extent over the entire photon-energy region for which the photoneutron cross sections were measured. 50 figures, 7 tables.

  14. Coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering off 3He and neutron generalized parton distributions

    Rinaldi, Matteo

    2014-01-01

    It has been recently proposed to study coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS) off 3He nuclei to access neutron generalized parton distributions (GPDs). In particular, it has been shown that, in Impulse Approximation (IA) and at low momentum transfer, the sum of the quark helicity conserving GPDs of 3He, H and E, is dominated by the neutron contribution. This peculiar result makes the 3He target very promising to access the neutron information. We present here the IA calculation of the spin dependent GPD tilde-H of 3He. Also for this quantity the neutron contribution is found to be the dominant one, at low momentum transfer. The known forward limit of the IA calculation of tilde-H, yielding the polarized parton distributions of 3He, is correctly recovered. The extraction of the neutron information could be anyway non trivial, so that a procedure, able to take into account the nuclear effects encoded in the IA analysis, is proposed. These calculations, essential for the evaluation of the coherent DVC...

  15. Orbital angular momentum and orbital dynamics: /sup 3/He-A and the Bose liquid

    Volovik, G.E.; Mineev, V.P.

    1981-09-01

    General expressions for the superfluid current and the orbital angular momentum in a superfluid liquid with the structure of the A phase of /sup 3/He at T = 0 are derived which go over in the limit ..delta..>>epsilon-c/sub F/ into the corresponding expressions for a Bose liquid consisting of molecules with spin h1. It is shown that the local intrinsic angular momentum in /sup 3/He-A, unlike the corresponding quantity in a Bose liquid, is defined only in variations, and its spontaneous part is small on account of the smallness of (..delta../epsilon-c/sub F/)/sup 2/. The Lagrangian formalism is used to construct the nonlinear orbital dynamics of /sup 3/He-A at T = 0. It is shown that in the presence of textures in the l-vector field the dynamical equations are not Galilean invariant, which is another manifestation of the difference between /sup 3/He-A and a Bose liquid. The noninvariance stems from the fact that, because of the absence of a gap in the excitation spectrum, the nonsingular textures in /sup 3/He-A possess normal momenta, as a result of which the normal-component density is nonzero even at T = 0, and the velocity of the normal component does not drop out of the dynamical equations.

  16. /sup 3/He-A versus bose liquid: orbital angular momentum and orbital dynamics

    Volovik, G.S.; Mineev, V.P. (AN SSSR, Moscow. Inst. Teoreticheskoj Fiziki)

    1981-09-01

    At T=0 are obtained general expressions for the superfluid current and orbital angular momentum in a superfluid liquid with the structure of the /sup 3/He A-phase which in the limit ..delta..<3/He-A is not a total differential and its spontaneous part is small since (..delta../epsilonsub(F))sup(2)<<1. Nonlinear orbital dynamics of He/sup 3/He-A at T=0 is obtained on the basis of the Lagrangian formalism. It is shown that in the presence of textures in the field of the vector I the equations of dynamics do not meet the requirements of Galilean invariance which also displays the difference of /sup 3/He-A from the Bose liquid. The noninvariance is associated with the fact that due to the absence of the gap in the excitation spectrum nonsingular textures in /sup 3/He-A have a normal momentum as a result of which even at T=0 the density of the normal component does not become equal to zero and the velocity of the normal component is retained in the equations of dynamics.

  17. 3He in extreme conditions: from fundamental physics to applications in astrophysics

    This work is composed of three different parts: in the first part, a long term project on a dark matter detector prototype based on superfluid 3He (ULTIMA) is continued, and several precious observations for the operation of a future large detector are presented. The importance of covering the bolometer cell surfaces with 4He, as solid layers of 3He drastically reduce the sensitivity, is demonstrated. The systematic measurement of the influence of the magnetic field on the energy calibration is presented. Most importantly, a difference of the pulse shape for different incident particles has been observed and studied. This is likely to provide a powerful discrimination criterion for a future dark matter detector. In a second part, the existing setup is used to do measurements on fundamental 3He physics. First, the heat capacity of adsorbed layers of 3He is measured at ultra low temperatures and in the presence of magnetic fields. Secondly, the fast transition from the normal to the superfluid phase after a local heating by a neutron capture reaction is studied. The results are interpreted in terms of the Kibble-Zurek vortex creation scenario. In the third part, the influence on the superfluid states of the confinement of 3He in anisotropic aerogel is studied. Using NMR techniques, predictions of the appearance of a new phase labeled polar phase are tested, and evidence for the observation of a new precessing mode is presented. (author)

  18. Oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI in bronchiolitis obliterans after lung transplantation

    Gast, Klaus K. [Klinikum der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Klinik und Poliklinik fuer diagnostische und interventionelle Radiologie, Mainz (Germany); Biedermann, Alexander [Klinikum der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, 3. Medizinische Klinik, Pulmonologie, Mainz (Germany); Herweling, Annette [Klinikum der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Klinik fuer Anaesthesiologie, Mainz (Germany); Schreiber, Wolfgang G. [Klinikum der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Klinik und Poliklinik fuer diagnostische und interventionelle Radiologie, MR-Physik, Mainz (Germany); Schmiedeskamp, Joerg [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Polymerforschung, Mainz (Germany); Mayer, Eckhard [Klinikum der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Klinik fuer Herz-, Thorax- und Gefaesschirurgie, Mainz (Germany); Heussel, Claus P. [Abteilung fuer Radiologie, Thoraxklinik Heidelberg, Heidelberg (Germany); Markstaller, Klaus; Eberle, Balthasar [Inselspital/Universitaetsspital, Klinik fuer Anaesthesiologie, Bern (Switzerland); Kauczor, Hans-Ulrich [Radiologie, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Heidelberg (Germany)

    2008-03-15

    Oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI was studied for the detection of differences in intrapulmonary oxygen partial pressure (pO{sub 2}) between patients with normal lung transplants and those with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). Using software developed in-house, oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI datasets from patients with normal lung grafts (n = 8) and with BOS (n = 6) were evaluated quantitatively. Datasets were acquired on a 1.5-T system using a spoiled gradient echo pulse sequence. Underlying diseases were pulmonary emphysema (n = 10 datasets) and fibrosis (n = 4). BOS status was verified by pulmonary function tests. Additionally, {sup 3}He-MRI was assessed blindedly for ventilation defects. Median intrapulmonary pO{sub 2} in patients with normal lung grafts was 146 mbar compared with 108 mbar in patients with BOS. Homogeneity of pO2 distribution was greater in normal grafts (standard deviation pO2 34 versus 43 mbar). Median oxygen decrease rate during breath hold was higher in unaffected patients (-1.75 mbar/s versus -0.38 mbar/s). Normal grafts showed fewer ventilation defects (5% versus 28%, medians). Oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI appears capable of demonstrating differences of intrapulmonary pO2 between normal lung grafts and grafts affected by BOS. Oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI may add helpful regional information to other diagnostic techniques for the assessment and follow-up of lung transplant recipients. (orig.)

  19. Coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering off 3He and neutron generalized parton distributions

    Rinaldi Matteo

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available It has been recently proposed to study coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS off 3He nuclei to access neutron generalized parton distributions (GPDs. In particular, it has been shown that, in Impulse Approximation (IA and at low momentum transfer, the sum of the quark helicity conserving GPDs of 3He, H and E, is dominated by the neutron contribution. This peculiar result makes the 3He target very promising to access the neutron information. We present here the IA calculation of the spin dependent GPD H See Formula in PDF of 3He. Also for this quantity the neutron contribution is found to be the dominant one, at low momentum transfer. The known forward limit of the IA calculation of H See Formula in PDF , yielding the polarized parton distributions of 3He, is correctly recovered. The extraction of the neutron information could be anyway non trivial, so that a procedure, able to take into account the nuclear effects encoded in the IA analysis, is proposed. These calculations, essential for the evaluation of the coherent DVCS cross section asymmetries, which depend on the GPDs H,E and H See Formula in PDF , represent a crucial step for planning possible experiments at Jefferson Lab.

  20. The development of 3He neutron detectors for applications in high level gamma-ray backgrounds

    To measure high-level-activity scrap and waste, it is necessary to use neutron detectors that are insensitive to the high gamma-ray background. We have developed a combination of 3He tubes and custom preamplifiers to provide the high efficiency associated with 3He detectors with good gamma-ray rejection. We have preamplifiers with short time constants in the signal processing to help separate the neutron signals from the slower risetime gamma signals. We have compared AMPTEK (A-111) preamplifiers with Precision Data Technology (PDT 110A) preamplifiers with experimental tests for gamma rejection and radiation damage. Hot cell radiation tests using a 4.5 Ci radium source were performed using 10B and 3He detectors to evaluate relative efficiency and the ability to separate neutrons and gamma rays. The AMPTEK A-111 and PDT-110A amplifiers were exposed to gamma doses between ∼0.1 R/h and 1500 R/h to observe where the gamma pileup would interfere with the neutron counting. The conclusion is that both amplifiers can operate in gamma fields up to ∼500 R/h with modest loss of neutron efficiency. This is valid for the case of only one 3He tube (30-cm active length) connected to a single amplifier. If an amplifier services multiple tubes or longer tubes, the gamma rejection will get worse. Studies are in progress to determine the lifetime of the amplifiers and 3He tubes in the high-radiation fields

  1. Multi-Spacecraft Observations of Recurrent 3He-Rich Solar Energetic Particles

    Bucik, R; Mall, U; Korth, A; Mason, G M; Gomez-Herrero, R

    2014-01-01

    We study the origin of 3He-rich solar energetic particles (<1 MeV/nucleon) that are observed consecutively on STEREO-B, ACE, and STEREO-A spacecraft when they are separated in heliolongitude by more than 90{\\deg}. The 3He-rich period on STEREO-B and STEREO-A commences on 2011 July 1 and 2011 July 16, respectively. The ACE 3He-rich period consists of two sub-events starting on 2011 July 7 and 2011 July 9. We associate the STEREO-B July 1 and ACE July 7 3He-rich events with the same sizeable active region producing X-ray flares accompanied by prompt electron events, when it was near the west solar limb as seen from the respective spacecraft. The ACE July 9 and STEREO-A July 16 events were dispersionless with enormous 3He enrichment, lacking solar energetic electrons and occurring in corotating interaction regions. We associate these events with a small, recently emerged active region near the border of a low-latitude coronal hole that produced numerous jet-like emissions temporally correlated with type III r...

  2. Results on Double-polarization Asymmetries in Quasielastic Scattering from Polarized 3He

    Sulkosky Vincent A.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The 3He nucleus has become extremely important in the investigation of the neutron’s spin structure. When polarized, 3He acts as an effective polarized neutron target and hence facilitates our understanding of the neutron’s internal structure. However, to be used in this manner, our understanding of the internal structure of 3He is of extreme importance. As the precision of experiments has improved, the extraction of polarized neutron information from 3He leads to an ever larger share of the systematic uncertainty for these experiments. In these proceedings, I present a precise measurement of beam-target asymmetries in the He→3(e→ ,e′d${}^3\\overrightarrow {He} (\\vec e,e'd$ and He→3(e→,e′p${}^3\\overrightarrow {He} (\\vec e,e'p$ reactions. The former process is a uniquely sensitive probe of hadron dynamics in 3He and the structure of the underlying electromagnetic currents. The measurements have been performed around the quasi-elastic peak at Q2 = 0.25 (GeV/c2 and 0.35 (GeV/c2 for recoil momenta up to 270 MeV/c. The experimental apparatus, analysis and results were presented together with a comparison to state-of-the art Faddeev calculations.

  3. Complementary aspects of the (d,3He) and (e,e'p) reactions

    Proton-hole states have been investigated by both the (d,3He) pick-up and quasi-free (e,e'p) knockout reactions. Both reactions have their advantages and disadvantages. In the (d,3He) reaction employing ploarized deutrons, both the orbital and total angular momenta, l and j, of the transferred proton can be determined, whereas the (e, e'p) reaction presently allows only the determination of the transferred l-value. The (d,3He) reaction samples only the asymptotic tail of the picked-up proton wavefunction due to strong absorption effects on the projectile and ejectile. This incomplete sampling leads to large uncertainties in the extracted spectroscopic factors. The (e,e'p) reaction, on the other hand, probes the entire proton wavefunction in momentum space, thus yielding much more reliable spectroscopic factors. It is argued that some uncertainties in the (d,3He) reaction description can be reduced if information from the (e,e'p) reaction is employed. Two-step processes are sufficiently small in the (e, e'p) reaction, although not negligible, thus enabling a more reliable study of small wavefunction components than with the (d, 3He) reaction. (author). 16 refs., 4 figs

  4. Results on Double-polarization Asymmetries in Quasielastic Scattering from Polarized 3He

    Sulkosky, Vincent A. [Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (United States); Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States)

    2016-03-01

    The 3He nucleus has become extremely important in the investigation of the neutron’s spin structure. When polarized, 3He acts as an effective polarized neutron target and hence facilitates our understanding of the neutron’s internal structure. However, to be used in this manner, our understanding of the internal structure of 3He is of extreme importance. As the precision of experiments has improved, the extraction of polarized neutron information from 3He leads to an ever larger share of the systematic uncertainty for these experiments. In these proceedings, I present a precise measurement of beam-target asymmetries in the and reactions. The former process is a uniquely sensitive probe of hadron dynamics in 3He and the structure of the underlying electromagnetic currents. The measurements have been performed around the quasi-elastic peak at Q2 = 0.25 (GeV/c)2 and 0.35 (GeV/c)2 for recoil momenta up to 270 MeV/c. The experimental apparatus, analysis and results were presented together with a comparison to state-of-the art Faddeev calculations.

  5. Longitudinal assessment of treatment effects on pulmonary ventilation using 1H/3He MRI multivariate templates

    Tustison, Nicholas J.; Contrella, Benjamin; Altes, Talissa A.; Avants, Brian B.; de Lange, Eduard E.; Mugler, John P.

    2013-03-01

    The utitlity of pulmonary functional imaging techniques, such as hyperpolarized 3He MRI, has encouraged their inclusion in research studies for longitudinal assessment of disease progression and the study of treatment effects. We present methodology for performing voxelwise statistical analysis of ventilation maps derived from hyper­ polarized 3He MRI which incorporates multivariate template construction using simultaneous acquisition of IH and 3He images. Additional processing steps include intensity normalization, bias correction, 4-D longitudinal segmentation, and generation of expected ventilation maps prior to voxelwise regression analysis. Analysis is demonstrated on a cohort of eight individuals with diagnosed cystic fibrosis (CF) undergoing treatment imaged five times every two weeks with a prescribed treatment schedule.

  6. A Short History of the Theory and Experimental Discovery of Superfluidity in 3He

    Brinkman, W. F.

    I discuss the development of the theory and experiments on superfluid 3He. After the discovery of superfluidity in 3He by Osheroff, Richardson and Lee, Phil Anderson quickly recruited Doug Osheroff to come to Bell Labs and set up a dilution fridge to continue his experiments. One of the mysteries at that time was how the high-temperature A-phase, which has a gapless excitation spectrum, could be stabilized relative to the fully gapped, lower temperature B-phase. I explain how Phil Anderson and I developed the spin fluctuation theory of the A-phase of superfluid 3He which accounted for its stability, leading to the Anderson-Brinkman-Morel (ABM) theory of the superfluid A-phase...

  7. Tritium production, management and its impact on safety for a D3He fusion reactor

    This paper reports that about three percent of the fusion energy produced by the D-3He reactor is in the form of neutrons. Those neutrons are generated by D-D and D-T reactions, with the tritium produced by the D-D fusion. The neutrons will react with structural steel, deuterium, 3He and shielding material to produce tritium. about half of the tritium generated by the D-D reaction will not burn in the plasma and will exit as a part of the plasma exhaust. Thus, there is enough tritium produced in a D-3He reactor and careful management will be required. The tritium produced in the shield and plasma can be managed with an acceptable effect on cost and safety

  8. Experimental study of the 56Ni(3He,d)57Cu reaction in inverse kinematics

    Measurements of (3He,d) reactions can provide information on the proton widths of states that play a role in astrophysically important (p,γ) reactions. We report on the first study of the (3He,d) reaction in inverse kinematics with a 56Ni (T1/2=6.1 d) ion beam. The Q-value resolution of ∼ keV achieved in this experiment was sufficient to separate the transitions populating the ground state and the 1/2--5/2- doublet at Ex∼1.1 MeV in 57Cu. Prospects for similar (3He,d) experiments with improved energy resolution are also discussed.

  9. Double-Cell Geometry for 129Xe/3He Co-Magnetometry

    Ohtomo, Yuichi; Ichikawa, Yuichi; Sato, Tomoya; Sakamoto, Yu; Kojima, Shuichiro; Suzuki, Takahiro; Shirai, Hazuki; Chikamori, Masatoshi; Hikota, Eri; Miyatake, Hirokazu; Nanao, Tsubasa; Suzuki, Kunifumi; Tsuchiya, Masato; Inoue, Takeshi; Furukawa, Takeshi; Yoshimi, Akihiro; Bidinosti, Christopher P.; Ino, Takashi; Ueno, Hideki; Matsuo, Yukari; Fukuyama, Takeshi; Asahi, Koichiro

    Comagnetometers play a key role in EDM experiments. They allow one to quantify, and subsequently correct for, any long-term drifts of the external magnetic field. In order to improve the performance of the 3He comagnetometer for our 129Xe EDM measurements, we have decided to incorporate a double-cell geometry which enables us to suppress a frequency shift due to contact interaction with polarized Rb atoms. In this study, the production and relaxation of 3He spin polarization in the double cell were studied. As a result, the followings were achieved: a polarization of 1.04(8)%, a longitudinal spin relaxation time of 10.1(5) h, and a transverse relaxation time of 2,340 s. With these improvements, concurrent operation of the 129Xe and 3He masers has been realized, and EDM measurement will be started in near future using a cell designed based on the results of this study.

  10. The Effect Of Neutron Attenuation On Power Deposition In Nuclear Pumped 3He-Lasers

    Çetin, Füsun

    2007-04-01

    Nuclear-pumped lasers (NPLs) are driven by the products of nuclear reactions and directly convert the nuclear energy to directed optical energy. Pumping gas lasers by nuclear reaction products has the advantage of depositing large energies per reaction. The need for high laser power output implies high operating pressure. In the case of volumetric excitation by 3He(n, p)3H reactions, however, operation at high pressure (more than a few atm) causes excessive neutron attenuation in the 3He gas. This fact adversely effects on energy deposition and, hence, laser output power and beam quality. Here, spatial and temporal variations of neutron flux inside a closed 3He -filled cylindrical laser tube have been numerically calculated for various tube radii and operating pressures by using a previously reported dynamic model for energy deposition. Calculations are made by using ITU TRIGA Mark II Reactor as the neutron source. The effects of neutron attenuation on power deposition are examined.

  11. Study of 68Zn, 70Zn and 74Ge using the (d,3He) reaction

    The 69Ga, 71Ga(d,3He)68Zn, 70Zn and 75As(d,3He)74Ge reactions have been studied at 26MeV with an overall resolution of 18-20keV using a split pole magnetic spectrometer. Spectroscopic factors have been extracted for 16 levels in 68Zn, 14 levels in 70Zn and 24 levels in 74Ge. The ratio R=sigma(02+)/sigma(0+g.s.) shows a singularity at N=40. The small value of R for 74Ge is consistent with a previously proposed description of the structure of the states involved which is based on a simple mixing of psub(3/2) and fsub(5/2) proton configurations. The results for the Ga(d,3He)Zn reactions are compared to a recent shell model calculation

  12. Antisymmetry and channel coupling contributions to the absorption for $p + \\alpha /d + ^{3}He$

    Cooper, S G

    1997-01-01

    To understand recently established empirical p + alpha potentials, RGM calculations followed by inversion are made to study contributions of the d + 3He reaction channels and deuteron distortion effects to the p + alpha potential. An equivalent study of the d + 3He potential is also presented. The contributions of exchange non-locality to the absorption are simulated by including an phenomenological imaginary potential in the RGM. These effects alone strongly influence the shape of the imaginary potentials for both p + alpha and d + 3He. The potentials local-equivalent to the fully antisymmetrised-coupled channels calculations have a significant parity-dependence in both real and imaginary components, which for p + alpha is qualitatively similar to that found empirically. The effects on the potentials of the further inclusion of deuteron distortion are also presented. The inclusion of a spin-orbit term in the RGM, adds additional terms to the phase-equivalent potential, most notably the comparatively large im...

  13. Drag Force on a High Porosity Aerogel in Liquid 3He

    We discuss the drag force exerted on a high porosity aerogel in liquid 3He and its effect on sound propagation. The drag force is governed by distinct laws depending on the Knudsen number Kn, the ratio of the quasiparticle mean free path to a characteristic linear size of a body immersed in liquid. In the liquid 3He-aerogel system, the characteristic length scale is aerogel strand diameter and both of the Knudsen limit (Kn ≫ 1) and the hydrodynamic limit (Kn ≪ 1) can be achieved in the normal phase by varying temperature. We show that the crossover between the two limits can be found as a drastic change in the temperature dependence of sound attenuation in the normal phase of liquid 3He in aerogel.

  14. Motion of 3He quasiparticles in aerogel driven by fourth sound

    While the shear viscous motion of the normal fluid component causes the energy loss of the fourth sound resonance in superfluid 3He confined in narrow pores, it is not yet clear what causes the energy loss of the fourth sound in the aerogel system. We prepared two aerogel samples of 99.0% and 97.5% porosities, which were directly grown in sintered silver sponges and performed the fourth sound resonance experiments. We found that the energy loss of the fourth sound resonance in aerogel is much smaller than that in pure liquid 3He, showing that the mean free path of 3He quasiparticles is strongly suppressed by aerogel strands. Such behavior is explained with the frictional flow. The temperature dependence of the frictional relaxation time will be discussed.

  15. Bi-layer ^3He: a simple two dimensional heavy fermion system with quantum criticality

    Saunders, John

    2008-03-01

    Two dimensional helium films provide simple model systems for the investigation of quantum phase transitions in two dimensions. Monolayer ^3He absorbed on graphite, with various pre-platings, behaves as a two dimensional Mott-Hubbard system, complete with a density driven ``metal-insulator'' transition [1, 2] into what appears to be a gapless spin-liquid. In two dimensions the corrections to the temperature dependence of the fluid heat capacity, beyond the term linear in T, are anomalous and attributed to quasi-1D scattering [3]. On the other hand, bi-layer ^3He films adsorbed on the surface of graphite show evidence of two-band heavy-fermion behavior and quantum criticality [4, 5]. The relevant control parameter is the total density of the ^3He film. The ^3He bilayer system can be driven toward a quantum critical point (QCP) at which the effective mass appears to diverge, the effective inter-band hybridization vanishes, and a local moment state appears. A theoretical model in terms of a ``Kondo breakdown selective Mott transition'' has recently been suggested [6]. * In collaboration with: A Casey, M Neumann, J Nyeki, B Cowan. [1] Evidence for a Mott-Hubbard Transition in a Two-Dimensional ^3He Fluid Monolayer, A. Casey, H. Patel, J. Ny'eki, B. P. Cowan, and J. Saunders Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 115301 (2003) [2] D Tsuji et al. J. Low Temp. Phys. 134, 31 (2004) [3] A V Chubukov et al. Phys. Rev. B71, 205112 (2005) [4] Bilayer ^3He; a simple two dimensional heavy fermion system with quantum criticality, Michael Neumann, Jan Nyeki, Brian Cowan, John Saunders. Science 317, 1356 (2007) [5] Heavy fermions in the original Fermi liquid. Christopher A Hooley and Andrew P Mackenzie. Science 317, 1332 (2007) [6] C Pepin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 206401 (2007) and A Benlagra and C Pepin, arXiv: 0709.0354

  16. Boron-coated straws as a replacement for 3He-based neutron detectors

    Lacy, Jeffrey L.; Athanasiades, Athanasios; Sun, Liang; Martin, Christopher S.; Lyons, Tom D.; Foss, Michael A.; Haygood, Hal B.

    2011-10-01

    US and international government efforts to equip major seaports with large area neutron detectors, aimed to intercept the smuggling of nuclear materials, have precipitated a critical shortage of 3He gas. It is estimated that the annual demand of 3He for US security applications alone is more than the worldwide supply. This is strongly limiting the prospects of neutron science, safeguards, and other applications that rely heavily on 3He-based detectors. Clearly, alternate neutron detection technologies that can support large sensitive areas, and have low gamma sensitivity and low cost must be developed. We propose a low-cost technology based on long copper tubes (straws), coated on the inside with a thin layer of 10B-enriched boron carbide ( 10B 4C). In addition to the high abundance of boron on Earth and low cost of 10B enrichment, the boron-coated straw (BCS) detector offers distinct advantages over conventional 3He-based detectors, and alternate technologies such as 10BF 3 tubes and 10B-coated rigid tubes. These include better distribution inside moderator assemblies, many-times faster electronic signals, no pressurization, improved gamma-ray rejection, no toxic or flammable gases, and ease of serviceability. We present the performance of BCS detectors dispersed in a solid plastic moderator to address the need for portal monitoring. The design adopts the outer dimensions of currently deployed 3He-based monitors, but takes advantage of the small BCS diameter to achieve a more uniform distribution of neutron converter throughout the moderating material. We show that approximately 63 BCS detectors, each 205 cm long, distributed inside the moderator, can match or exceed the detection efficiency of typical monitors fitted with a 5 cm diameter 3He tube, 187 cm long, pressurized to 3 atm.

  17. First doubly polarised photoproduction on {sup 3}He at the photon beam of MAMI

    Aguar Bartolome, Patricia

    2010-11-15

    A first experiment with a polarised {sup 3}He target was carried out in July 2009 at the MAMI accelerator in Mainz in a photon energy range between 200 MeV and 800 MeV. The aim of this measurement was to investigate the Gerasimov-Drell-Hearn sum rule on the neutron. The use of the data obtained with the polarised {sup 3}He target, compared to existing data on the deuteron, gives a complementary and more direct access to the neutron, due to the spin structure of the {sup 3}He. The measurement of the helicity dependence of the inclusive total photoabsorption cross section required a beam of tagged circularly polarised photons incident on the longitudinally polarised {sup 3}He target. The data were taken using the 4{pi} Crystal Ball photon spectrometer in combination with TAPS as a forward wall and complemented by a threshold Cherenkov detector used to on-line suppress the background from electromagnetic events. The development and preparation of the different components of the {sup 3}He experimental setup was an important part of this work and are described in detail in this thesis. The detector system and the analysis method were tested by the measurement of the unpolarised total inclusive photoabsorption cross section on liquid hydrogen. The results obtained are in good agreement with previous published data. Preliminary results of the unpolarised total photoabsorption cross section, as well as the helicity dependent photoabsorption cross section difference on {sup 3}He compared with several theoretical models will also be presented. (orig.)

  18. Boron-coated straws as a replacement for {sup 3}He-based neutron detectors

    Lacy, Jeffrey L., E-mail: jlacy@proportionaltech.com [Proportional Technologies, Inc., 8022 El Rio Street, Houston, TX 77054 (United States); Athanasiades, Athanasios; Sun, Liang; Martin, Christopher S.; Lyons, Tom D.; Foss, Michael A.; Haygood, Hal B. [Proportional Technologies, Inc., 8022 El Rio Street, Houston, TX 77054 (United States)

    2011-10-01

    US and international government efforts to equip major seaports with large area neutron detectors, aimed to intercept the smuggling of nuclear materials, have precipitated a critical shortage of {sup 3}He gas. It is estimated that the annual demand of {sup 3}He for US security applications alone is more than the worldwide supply. This is strongly limiting the prospects of neutron science, safeguards, and other applications that rely heavily on {sup 3}He-based detectors. Clearly, alternate neutron detection technologies that can support large sensitive areas, and have low gamma sensitivity and low cost must be developed. We propose a low-cost technology based on long copper tubes (straws), coated on the inside with a thin layer of {sup 10}B-enriched boron carbide ({sup 10}B{sub 4}C). In addition to the high abundance of boron on Earth and low cost of {sup 10}B enrichment, the boron-coated straw (BCS) detector offers distinct advantages over conventional {sup 3}He-based detectors, and alternate technologies such as {sup 10}BF{sub 3} tubes and {sup 10}B-coated rigid tubes. These include better distribution inside moderator assemblies, many-times faster electronic signals, no pressurization, improved gamma-ray rejection, no toxic or flammable gases, and ease of serviceability. We present the performance of BCS detectors dispersed in a solid plastic moderator to address the need for portal monitoring. The design adopts the outer dimensions of currently deployed {sup 3}He-based monitors, but takes advantage of the small BCS diameter to achieve a more uniform distribution of neutron converter throughout the moderating material. We show that approximately 63 BCS detectors, each 205 cm long, distributed inside the moderator, can match or exceed the detection efficiency of typical monitors fitted with a 5 cm diameter {sup 3}He tube, 187 cm long, pressurized to 3 atm.

  19. Study of the 6Li + p → 3He + 4He reaction in inverse kinematics

    Angular distribution measurements were performed for the 6Li + p → 3He + 4He reaction in inverse kinematics at incident energies of 2.7, 3.3, 4.2 and 4.8 MeV/u. The detection of both recoils (3He and 4He) over the laboratory angle range θlab = 16 circle to 34 circle allowed the determination of the angular distribution over a wide angular range in the center-of-mass frame (θc.m. ∝ 40 circle to 140 circle). The results clarify inconsistencies between existing data sets and are consistent with compound nucleus model calculations. (orig.)

  20. 3He[pol](rvec e, e')X and the neutron electromagnetic form factors

    Recent data for the spin-dependent AT, and ATL, asymmetries in 3He[pol](rvec e, e') quasielastic scattering are reviewed. The neutron electric and magnetic form factors are extracted from the data using a plane wave impulse approximation (PWIA) model, and the model uncertainties are estimated. The extracted GMn is in agreement with the dipole prediction as well as with other recent experiments. No meaningful result for GEn is obtained due to large uncertainties and possible final-state interaction effects. At higher Q2, the determination of GEn in 3He[pol](rvec e,e') does appear feasible based on the plane wave impulse approximation (PWIA) predictions

  1. Application of gaseous absorbers for testing the fuel elements in nonstationary regimes. [/sup 3/He

    Andreev, V.I.; Egorenkov, P.M.; Kolyadin, V.I.; Kosilov, A.N.; Kuznetsov, Eh.M.; Potapenko, P.T.; Sivokon, V.P.; Fokin, A.B.; Yakovlev, V.V.

    1981-11-01

    A possibility of operative local control of power release in loop channels of a research reactor MR by means of a gaseous neutron absorber with /sup 3/He being of use as absorber is studied. The gas control system intended for the study of the WWER-1000 reactor fuel element serviceability in transients is described. The calculation-experimental investigation results of the dependence of power change of an experimental heat-generating assembly and reactivity on /sup 3/He pressure in the channel are presented. A conclusion on satisfactory efficiency of the described gas control system is made on the base of the analysis of the results obtained.

  2. Is there an {eta}{sup 3}He quasi-bound state?

    Wilkin, C. [Physics and Astronomy Department, UCL, London, WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom)], E-mail: cw@hep.ucl.ac.uk; Buescher, M. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Chiladze, D. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); High Energy Physics Institute, Tbilisi State University, 0186 Tbilisi, Georgia (United States); Dymov, S. [Laboratory of Nuclear Problems, JINR, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Hanhart, C.; Hartmann, M.; Hejny, V. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Kacharava, A. [High Energy Physics Institute, Tbilisi State University, 0186 Tbilisi, Georgia (United States); Physikalisches Institut II, Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Keshelashvili, I. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); High Energy Physics Institute, Tbilisi State University, 0186 Tbilisi, Georgia (United States); Khoukaz, A. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet Muenster, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Maeda, Y. [Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Osaka University, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Mersmann, T.; Mielke, M. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet Muenster, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Mikirtychiants, S. [High Energy Physics Department, Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, 188350 Gatchina (Russian Federation); Papenbrock, M. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet Muenster, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Rathmann, F. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Rausmann, T. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet Muenster, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Schleichert, R.; Stroeher, H. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Taeschner, A. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet Muenster, 48149 Muenster (Germany)] (and others)

    2007-10-11

    The observed variation of the total cross section for the dp{yields}{sup 3}He{eta} reaction near threshold means that the magnitude of the s-wave amplitude falls very rapidly with the {eta} centre-of-mass momentum. It is shown here that recent measurements of the momentum dependence of the angular distribution imply a strong variation also in the phase of this amplitude. Such a behaviour is that expected from a quasi-bound or virtual {eta}{sup 3}He state. The interpretation can be investigated further through measurements of the deuteron or proton analysing powers and/or spin-correlations.

  3. Polarisation and compression of 3He for Magnetic Resonance Imaging purposes

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging is often used in medical science as a diagnostic tool for the human body. Conventional MRI uses the NMR signal from the protons of water molecules in tissue to image the interior of the patient's body. However, for certain areas such as the lungs and airways, the usage of a highly polarised gas yields better results. We are currently constructing an apparatus that uses polarised 3He gas to produce detailed images of those signal-deficient moyeties. We also plan to study possible uptake of polarised 3He gas by the circulatory system to image other organs

  4. Thermodynamic measurement of the magnetization curve of liquid 3He up to 200 Tesla

    The study of spin polarised liquid 3He provides new insight in the physics of Fermi liquids. The rapid melting technique offers a way to obtain transiently strongly polarised liquid 3He. We have improved this technique by melting the solid in a silver sinter. This opens the way to experiments on highly polarised liquid (up to 70%) at low temperatures (<100 mK). The use of this sinter results in a good thermal homogeneity of the sample. We applied our technique to measure the magnetisation curve up to fields as large as 200 T, providing essential information on the magnetism of this Fermi liquid. Other possible experiments are briefly discussed. (orig.)

  5. Precision Measurement of the n-3He Incoherent Scattering Length Using Neutron Interferometry

    Huber, M. G.; Arif, M.; Black, T. C.; W.C. Chen; Gentile, T. R.; Hussey, D. S.; Pushin, D.; Wietfeldt, F. E.; Yang, L

    2008-01-01

    We report the first measurement of the low-energy neutron-$^3$He incoherent scattering length using neutron interferometry: $b_i' = (-2.512\\pm 0.012{statistical}\\pm0.014{systematic})$ fm. This is in good agreement with a recent calculation using the AV18+3N potential. The neutron-$^3$He scattering lengths are important for testing and developing nuclear potential models that include three nucleon forces, effective field theories for few-body nuclear systems, and neutron scattering measurement...

  6. Optical generation of the first and second sounds in superfluid 3He-4He solutions

    An optical method of generation of the first and second sounds in superfluid 3He-4He solutions is proposed. The method is based on illumination by amplitude-modulated laser beam with wavelength corresponding to a region of absorption. Numerical calculations of pressure and temperature as a function of time are carried out. It was found that the presence of 3He isotopes in the solution provides strong coupling between these parameters and, as a result, the waves of the first sound involve oscillations of the temperature, while the waves of the second sound involve oscillations of the pressure

  7. An Approach to Unfold Neutron Spectra Measured by a 3He Semiconductor Detector

    In measurements of fast neutron spectra by a 3He semiconductor detector, the unfolding method is not usually required. The unfolding method based on principle of maximum likelihood that incorporates the Gaussian approximation of counting statistics is developed and implemented in the MLMHE31 numerical code for application in fast neutron spectrometry by 3He semiconductor detectors. The derived likelihood equations have been solved using method of the singular value decomposition of the response matrix. For this inverse problem, the detector responses were generated by the Monte Carlo technique. (author)

  8. The Nuclear Response in Delta-Isobar Region in the ($^3\\!$He,t) Reaction

    Dmitriev, V. F.

    1992-01-01

    The excitation of a $\\Delta$-isobar in a finite nucleus in charge--exchange ($^3\\!$He,t) reaction is discussed in terms of a nuclear response function. The medium effects modifying a $\\Delta$- and a pion propagation were considered for a finite size nucleus. The Glauber approach has been used for distortion of a $^3\\!$He and a triton in the initial and the final states. The effects determining the peak positions and its width are discussed. Large displacement width for the $\\Delta$ - h excita...

  9. High-sensitivity measurement of 3He-4He isotopic ratios for ultracold neutron experiments

    Mumm, H. P.; Huber, M. G.; Bauder, W.; Abrams, N.; Deibel, C. M.; Huffer, C. R.; Huffman, P. R.; Schelhammer, K. W.; Janssens, R.; Jiang, C. L.; Scott, R. H.; Pardo, R. C.; Rehm, K. E.; Vondrasek, R.; Swank, C. M.; O'Shaughnessy, C. M.; Paul, M.; Yang, L.

    2016-06-01

    Research efforts ranging from studies of solid helium to searches for a neutron electric dipole moment require isotopically purified helium with a ratio of 3He to 4He at levels below that which can be measured using traditional mass spectroscopy techniques. We demonstrate an approach to such a measurement using accelerator mass spectroscopy, reaching the 10-14 level of sensitivity, several orders of magnitude more sensitive than other techniques. Measurements of 3He/4He in samples relevant to the measurement of the neutron lifetime indicate the need for substantial corrections. We also argue that there is a clear path forward to sensitivity increases of at least another order of magnitude.

  10. 3He detector design for low-level transuranic waste assay

    From this study it appears that a logical configuration of 3He detectors imbedded in CH2 for nondestructive assay of low-level transuranic waste is: rho = 1 atmosphere, d = 2.54 cm, x = 5.08 cm, t = 15.24 cm, h = 61 cm, and N = 5. If a greater detector response is desired, the best way to achieve it is to first double the detector height, h, and then to increase the number of tubes, N, and/or increase the 3He density, rho

  11. Decoupling between first sound and second sound in $^3$He - superfluid $^4$He mixtures

    Riekki, T. S.; Manninen, M. S.; Tuoriniemi, J. T.

    2016-01-01

    Bulk superfluid helium supports two sound modes: first sound is an ordinary pressure wave, while second sound is a temperature wave, unique to inviscid superfluid systems. These sound modes do not usually exist independently, but rather variations in pressure are accompanied by variations in temperature, and vice versa. We studied the coupling between first and second sound in dilute $^3$He - superfluid $^4$He mixtures, between 1.6 K and 2.2 K, at $^3$He concentrations ranging from 0 to 11 %,...

  12. SEOP polarized 3He Neutron Spin Filters for the JCNS user program

    Babcock, Earl; Salhi, Zahir; Theisselmann, Tobias; Starostin, Denis; Schmeissner, Johann; Feoktystov, Artem; Mattauch, Stefan; Pistel, Patrick; Radulescu, Aurel; Ioffe, Alexander

    2016-04-01

    Over the past several years the JCNS has been developing in-house applications for neutron polarization analysis (PA). These methods include PA for separation of incoherent from coherent scattering in soft matter studies (SANS), and online polarization for analysis for neutron reflectometry, SANS, GISANS and eventually spectroscopy. This paper will present an overview of the user activities at the JCNS at the MLZ and gives an overview of the polarization 3He methods and devices used. Additionally we will summarise current projects which will further support the user activities using polarised 3He spin filters.

  13. B phase with polar distortion in superfluid {sup 3}He in “ordered” aerogel

    Dmitriev, V. V., E-mail: dmitriev@kapitza.ras.ru; Senin, A. A.; Soldatov, A. A.; Surovtsev, E. V.; Yudin, A. N. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems (Russian Federation)

    2014-12-15

    The properties of the low-temperature superfluid phase of {sup 3}He in “nematically ordered” aerogel in which strands are almost parallel to one another are investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance methods. Such a strong anisotropy of the aerogel affects the phase diagram of {sup 3}He and the structure of superfluid phases. A theoretical model of the B phase with polar distortion is developed. It is shown that this model successfully describes the observed properties of the low-temperature phase.

  14. Neutron fluence determination at reactor filters by 3He proportional counters: Comparison of unfolding algorithms

    Multichannel pulse height measurements with a cylindrical 3He proportional counter obtained at a reactor filter of natural iron are taken to investigate the properties of three algorithms for neutron spectrum unfolding. For a systematic application of uncertainty propagation the covariance matrix of previously determined 3He response functions is evaluated. The calculated filter transmission function together with a covariance matrix estimated from cross-section uncertainties of the filter material is used as fluence pre-information. The results obtained from algorithms with and without pre-information differ in shape and uncertainties for single group fluence values, but there is sufficient agreement when evaluating integrals over neutron energy intervals

  15. Two-step mechanism of meson production in pd → 3HeX reaction

    It is shown that the two-step model of the reaction pd→3HeX (X η, η', ω, φ), involving the subprocesses pp → dπ+ and π+n →Xp allows to explain the form of energy dependence of experimental cross sections above the thresholds under assumption that the singlet part of the pp→dπ+ amplitude dominates in collinear kinematics. The spin-spin asymmetry for the reaction dp→3HeX has been found to be ∼ -1 in the forward-backward approximation. (author)

  16. The Gas Motion Due To Non-Uniform Heating By 3He(n,p)3H Reactions In The Nuclear-Pumped3He -Lasers

    Çetin, Füsun

    2007-04-01

    In the nuclear pumped-lasers, the passage of these energetic charged particles through gas results in a non-uniform volumetric energy deposition. This spatial non-uniformity induces a gas motion, which results in density and hence refractive index gradients that affects the laser's optical behaviour. The motion of 3He gas in a closed cavity is studied when it experiences transient and spatially non-uniform volumetric heating caused by the passage of 3He(n,p)3H reaction products. Gas motion is described by the radial velocity field of gas flow. Spatial and temporal variations of radial gas velocity are calculated for various tube parameters by using a dynamic energy deposition model. In the calculations, it is assumed that the laser tube is irradiated with neutrons from the pulse at a peak power of 1200 MW corresponding to a maximum thermal neutron flux of 8×1016 n / cm2sn in the central channel of ITU TRIGA Mark II Reactor. Results are examined.

  17. The osmotic pressure of 3He-4He mixtures along the phase separation curve

    The osmotic pressure of 3He-4He mixtures was measured along the phase separation curve at temperatures up to 500 mK by balancing it with the fountain pressure of pure 4He. The usefullness of the secondary osmotic pressure thermometer was reinvestigated. (Auth.)

  18. Nuclear effects and neutron structure in deeply virtual Compton scattering off 3He

    Rinaldi, Matteo

    2014-01-01

    The study of nuclear generalized parton distributions (GPDs) could be a crucial achievement of hadronic physics since they open new ways to obtain new information on the structure of bound nucleons, in particular, to access the neutron GPDs. Here, the results of calculations of 3He GPDs in Impulse Approximation are presented. The calculation of the sum of GPDs H + E, and "tilde H", with the correct limits, will be shown. These quantities, at low momentum transfer, are largely dominated by the neutron contribution so that 3He is an ideal target for these kind of studies. Nevertheless the extraction of neutron information from future 3He data could be non trivial. A procedure, which takes into account nuclear effects encoded in IA, is presented. The calculation of H,E and "tilde H" allows also to evaluate the cross section asymmetries for deeply virtual compton scattering at Jefferson Lab kinematics. Thanks to these observations, DVCS off 3He could be an ideal process to access the neutron information in the ne...

  19. Study of the deeply bound hole states by the (3He,α) reaction

    The (3He,α) reactions at 110 - 120 MeV on even tin isotopes revealed the presence of the new (1g)-1 state at Ex = 6 -- 7 MeV with a spectroscopic factor comparable to the known (1g sub(9/2))-1 deeply bound hole state. (author)

  20. Observations of EUV Waves in 3He-Rich Solar Energetic Particle Events

    Bucik, R; Guo, L; Mason, G M; Wiedenbeck, M E

    2015-01-01

    Small 3He-rich solar energetic particle (SEP) events with their anomalous abundances, markedly different from solar system, provide evidence for a unique acceleration mechanism that operates routinely near solar active regions. Although the events are sometimes accompanied by coronal mass ejections (CMEs) it is believed that mass and isotopic fractionation is produced directly in the flare sites on the Sun. We report on a large-scale extreme ultraviolet (EUV) coronal wave observed in association with 3He-rich SEP events. In the two examples discussed, the observed waves were triggered by minor flares and appeared concurrently with EUV jets and type III radio bursts but without CMEs. The energy spectra from one event are consistent with so-called class-1 (characterized by power laws) while the other with class-2 (characterized by rounded 3He and Fe spectra) 3He-rich SEP events, suggesting different acceleration mechanisms in the two. The observation of EUV waves suggests that large-scale disturbances, in addit...

  1. Energy conversion options for ARIES-III - A conceptual D-3He tokamak reactor

    The potential for highly efficient conversion of fusion power to electricity provides one motivation for investigating D-3He fusion reactors. This stems from: (1) the large fraction of D-3He power produced in the forms of charged particles and synchrotron radiation which are amenable to direct conversion, and (2) the low neutron fluence and lack of tritium breeding constraints, which increase design flexibility. The design team for a conceptual D-3He tokamak reactor, ARIES-III, has investigated numerous energy conversion options at a scoping level in attempting to realize high efficiency. The energy conversion systems have been studied in the context of their use on one or more of three versions of a D-3He tokamak: a first stability regime device, a second stability regime device, and a spherical torus. The set of energy conversion options investigated includes bootstrap current conversion, compression-expansion cycles, direct electrodynamic conversion, electrostatic direct conversion, internal electric generator, liquid metal heat engine blanket, liquid metal MHD, plasma MHD, radiation boiler, scrape-off layer thermoelectric, synchrotron radiation conversion by rectennas, synchrotron radiation conversion by thermal cycles, thermionic/AMTEC/thermal systems, and traveling wave conversion. The original set of options is briefly discussed, and those selected for further study are described in more detail. The four selected are liquid metal MHD, plasma MHD, rectenna conversion, and direct electrodynamic conversion. Thermionic energy conversion is being considered, and some options may require a thermal cycle in parallel or series. 17 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  2. New type liquid He free {sup 3}He Cryostat using Commercial GM refrigerator

    Nishioka, T; Sumida, T; Takesaka, T; Kawamura, Y; Kato, H; Matsumura, M [Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Kochi University, Kochi 780-8520 (Japan)], E-mail: nisioka@kochi-u.ac.jp

    2009-02-01

    We have succeeded to construct a novel {sup 3}He cryostat by improving a low cost commercial two stage Gifford-McMahon (GM) refrigerator whose cooling power is 0.3 W at 4.2 K. This main portion of this system consists of 4 K pot, 1 K pot, heat exchanger and {sup 3}He pot, which are connected to the second cold stage. The main portion is covered with the 1st radiation shield attached to the 1st cold stage and the {sup 3}He pot is covered with the 2nd radiation shield attached to the heat exchanger, where the 1st shield must be further covered with more than five layers of super-insulation films in order to realize {sup 3}He temperature. The achieved temperature is 0.4 K and persists over one day. The temperature oscillation is less than 1 mK below 4 K. The required time to attain the lowest temperature is typically about 8 hours. This system allows us to deal with almost all the low temperature experiments of condensed matter physics without requiring low temperature technique.

  3. 3He(α,γ7Be cross section measured using complementary techniques

    Carmona-Gallardo M.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The astrophysical S-factor for the 3He(α,γ7Be reaction plays an important role in the Solar Standard Model and in the Big Bang Nucleosynthesis scenario. The advances from two recent experiments performed using complementary techniques at center of mass (C.M. energies between 1 and 3 MeV are discussed.

  4. The reaction mechanism of the (3HE,T) reaction and applications to nuclear structure

    1986-01-01

    In this thesis we present a study on the reaction meachanism of the (3He,t) reaction at 70-80 MeV bombarding energy and on structures of the residual nuclei excited in this reaction: 24-Al, 26-Al, 28-P, 32-Cl, 40-Sc, 42-Sc and 58-Cu... Zie: Summary

  5. Neutron scattering from liquid {sup 3}He at large momentum transfers

    Azuah, R.T. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics]|[Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19716 (United States); Stirling, W.G. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Guckelsberger, K. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Bundesallee 100, Postfach 3345, 38116 Braunschweig (Germany); Scherm, R. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Bundesallee 100, Postfach 3345, 38116 Braunschweig (Germany)]|[Institut Laue-Langevin, BP 156X, F-38042 Grenoble (France); Glyde, H.R. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19716 (United States); Bennington, S.M. [Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Taylor, A.D. [Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0QX (United Kingdom)

    1995-08-01

    Neutron inelastic scattering measurements have been made on liquid {sup 3}He at 1.4 K for wave vectors between 9 and 20 A{sup -1}. The peak positions and widths are extracted and the mean kinetic energy determined. A new (theoretical) moment technique is used to investigate the momentum distribution and final-state effects. (orig.).

  6. sup 3 He neutron polarising filters -- theoretical comparison with supermirrors and Heusler alloy polarisers

    Cussen, L D; Hicks, T J

    2000-01-01

    There is currently intense interest in the development of gaseous sup 3 He neutron polarising transmission filters. The key areas of development are increasing the currently achievable levels of nuclear spin polarisation, pi, within the sup 3 He gas and improving the reliability of the devices. Recent work has identified 'quality factors' which can be used to determine the optimum thickness of such filters under various experimental conditions. The best achievable quality factor for a sup 3 He polariser with a given pi is determined. It is demonstrated that the optimum filter thickness depends only weakly on pi and is always approximately given by the dimensionless expression rho sigma lambda t=3.4 where rho is the density of sup 3 He atoms in the filter, sigma is the absorption cross section at a wavelength of 1 A, lambda is the neutron wavelength in A and t is the filter thickness. Quality factors are calculated for existing types of neutron polariser (supermirrors and Heusler alloy monochromators) as a fun...

  7. {sup 3}He neutron polarising filters -- theoretical comparison with supermirrors and Heusler alloy polarisers

    Cussen, L.D. E-mail: leocussen@vut.edu.au; Goossens, D.J.; Hicks, T.J

    2000-02-01

    There is currently intense interest in the development of gaseous {sup 3}He neutron polarising transmission filters. The key areas of development are increasing the currently achievable levels of nuclear spin polarisation, {pi}, within the {sup 3}He gas and improving the reliability of the devices. Recent work has identified 'quality factors' which can be used to determine the optimum thickness of such filters under various experimental conditions. The best achievable quality factor for a {sup 3}He polariser with a given {pi} is determined. It is demonstrated that the optimum filter thickness depends only weakly on {pi} and is always approximately given by the dimensionless expression {rho}{sigma}{lambda}t=3.4 where {rho} is the density of {sup 3}He atoms in the filter, {sigma} is the absorption cross section at a wavelength of 1 A, {lambda} is the neutron wavelength in A and t is the filter thickness. Quality factors are calculated for existing types of neutron polariser (supermirrors and Heusler alloy monochromators) as a function of instrumental parameters. These results are used to determine the 'break even' point for the new polarisers - the {pi} needed for the new polarisers to outperform existing types of polarisers. A quantitative discussion of regimes of usefulness of the different polariser types for all common instrument types is presented.

  8. Elastic scattering of 3He by 12C at 40.9 MeV energy

    The elastic scattering of 40.9 MeV 3He-particles from 12C was investigated in the framework of the simple one-channel optical model. An overall good fit could be obtained. The ambiguities of the real central potential are discussed. (author)

  9. Connection between the 3HE-enrichment and spectral index of solar energetic particles

    A model is presented which explains the observed tendency of events with large He-3/He-4 ratios to have steeper spectra. In this model preferential injection of He-3, acceleration by Alfven waves and Coulomb deceleration of ions are considered simultaneously. The observed tendency may be obtained as a result of competition between injection and acceleration processes

  10. η photoproduction off 3He: Search for η-mesic nuclei

    Photoproduction of η-mesons off 3He has been studied via the η→2γ and η→3π0 decay modes at the tagged photon beam of the Mainz MAMI accelerator using the combined 4π Crystal Ball/TAPS calorimeter. In a previous experiment, Pfeiffer et al. had reported evidence (although at low statistical significance) for the formation of a quasi-bound η-3He state. The present experiment aimed at an improved statistical quality for both the excitation function of coherent photoproduction on η-mesons off 3He and the peak-like structure in the excitation function of πo-p back-to-back pairs. The η-mesons have been identified by an invariant mass analysis of 2-photons (respectively 6-photons) events. In the both case also the constraints from the intermediate πo-invariant masses have been used. The coherent reaction γ3He→η3He has been selected by the suppression of events with observed recoil nucleons and by a missing energy analysis. Preliminary results for the excitation function show an extremely rapid rise at the production threshold similar to what has been observed in hadronic induced reactions at COSY. At the same time excitation function of π0-p pair shows the peak-like structure at the η-production threshold with much better statistic quality then the previous experiment. Also strong evidence for the existence of a resonance state has been formed.

  11. In situ polarized 3He system for the Magnetism Reflectometer at the Spallation Neutron Source.

    Tong, X; Jiang, C Y; Lauter, V; Ambaye, H; Brown, D; Crow, L; Gentile, T R; Goyette, R; Lee, W T; Parizzi, A; Robertson, J L

    2012-07-01

    We report on the in situ polarized (3)He neutron polarization analyzer developed for the time-of-flight Magnetism Reflectometer at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using the spin exchange optical pumping method, we achieved a (3)He polarization of 76% ± 1% and maintained it for the entire three-day duration of the test experiment. Based on transmission measurements with unpolarized neutrons, we show that the average analyzing efficiency of the (3)He system is 98% for the neutron wavelength band of 2-5 Å. Using a highly polarized incident neutron beam produced by a supermirror bender polarizer, we obtained a flipping ratio of >100 with a transmission of 25% for polarized neutrons, averaged over the wavelength band of 2-5 Å. After the cell was depolarized for transmission measurements, it was reproducibly polarized and this performance was maintained for three weeks. A high quality polarization analysis experiment was performed on a reference sample of Fe/Cr multilayer with strong spin-flip off-specular scattering. Using a combination of the position sensitive detector, time-of-flight method, and the excellent parameters of the (3)He cell, the polarization analysis of the two-dimensional maps of reflected, refracted, and off-specular scattered intensity above and below the horizon were obtained, simultaneously. PMID:22852718

  12. Solar Sources of $^{3}$He-rich Solar Energetic Particle Events in Solar Cycle 24

    Nitta, Nariaki V; Wang, Linghua; Cohen, Christina M S; Wiedenbeck, Mark E

    2015-01-01

    Using high-cadence extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) images obtained by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory, we investigate the solar sources of 26 $^{3}$He-rich solar energetic particle (SEP) events at $\\lesssim$1 MeV nucleon$^{-1}$ that were well-observed by the Advanced Composition Explorer during solar cycle 24. Identification of the solar sources is based on the association of $^{3}$He-rich events with type III radio bursts and electron events as observed by Wind. The source locations are further verified in EUV images from the Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory, which provides information on solar activities in the regions not visible from the Earth. Based on AIA observations, $^{3}$He-rich events are not only associated with coronal jets as emphasized in solar cycle 23 studies, but also with more spatially extended eruptions. The properties of the $^{3}$He-rich events do not appear to be strongly correlated with those of the source regions. As in the previous...

  13. A Search for ^2H, ^3H, and ^3He in Large Solar Flares

    Mewaldt, R. A.; Stone, E. C.

    1983-01-01

    The results of a new study of solar flare H and He isotopes imply that earlier observations have significantly overestimated the abundances of ^2H, ^3H, and ^3He in large solar flares. We find no evidence that solar flare nuclei have suffered any significant amount of fragmentation before escaping from the Sun.

  14. Precision measurement of thermal neutron beam densities using a 3He proportional counter

    Als-Nielsen, Jens Aage; Bahnsen, A.; Brown, W.K.

    1967-01-01

    of ±0.4%. Fundamental advantages of the method include the 1ν dependence of the 3He(n, p)T cross section up to 1 keV, and the assurance of homogeneity even for very small macroscopic cross sections, because of the gaseous detector material. Although the method requires a relatively clean neutron beam...

  15. Direct energy conversion and neutral beam injection for catalyzed D and D-3He tokamak reactors

    The calculated performance of single stage and Venetian blind direct energy converters for Catalyzed D and D-3He Tokamak reactors are discussed. Preliminary results on He pumping are outlined. The efficiency of D and T neutral beam injection is reviewed

  16. The effects of nuclear structure on generalized parton distributions of 3He

    Scopetta, S.

    2004-01-01

    The effect of the nuclear medium on generalized parton distributions (GPDs) is studied for the 3He nucleus, through a realistic microscopic analysis. In Impulse Approximation, Fermi motion and binding effects, evaluated by modern potentials, are found to be larger than in the forward case and very sensitive to the details of nuclear structure at short distances.

  17. First measurement of the vector analyzing power in muon capture by polarized muonic 3He

    This paper describes the first measurement of spin observables in nuclear muon capture by 3He. The sensitivity of spin observables to the pseudoscalar coupling is described. The triton asymmetry presented has to be corrected for small systematic effects in order to extract the vector analyzing power. The analysis of these effects is currently underway

  18. On temperature variations during 3He Polarization experiments in Pomeranchuk cells

    Geng, Q.; Rasmussen, Finn Berg

    1984-01-01

    Simple model calculations have been performed in relation to temperature changes in decompression experiments with Pomeranchuk cells, aiming at the production of spin polarized liquid **3He. Comparison with reported experiments indicates that thermal contact with the surroundings is too strong...

  19. Microscopic description of 3He - α scattering with density dependent interaction

    The elastic scattering for a light nuclear system 3He - α is analysed within the Generating Coordinates Method using a procedure formulated by Piza and Passos. The same numerical technique is used to describe the bond states and scattering properties. (A.C.A.S.)

  20. Kaonic {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He X-ray measurements in SIDDHARTA

    Ishiwatari, Tomoichi, E-mail: tomoichi.ishiwatari@assoc.oeaw.ac.at [Stefan-Meyer-Institut fuer subatomare Physik (Austria); Bazzi, M. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, INFN (Italy); Beer, G. [University of Victoria, Department of Phys. and Astro. (Canada); Berucci, C. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, INFN (Italy); Bombelli, L. [Politechno di Milano, Sez. di Elettronica (Italy); Bragadireanu, A. M. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, INFN (Italy); Cargnelli, M. [Stefan-Meyer-Institut fuer subatomare Physik (Austria); Clozza, A.; Corradi, G.; Curceanu Petrascu, C.; D' Uffizi, A. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, INFN (Italy); Fiorini, C. [Politechno di Milano, Sez. di Elettronica (Italy); Ghio, F.; Girolami, B. [INFN Sez. di Roma I and Inst. Superiore di Sanita (Italy); Guaraldo, C. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, INFN (Italy); Hayano, R. S. [Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); Iliescu, M. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, INFN (Italy); Iwasaki, M. [The Inst. of Phys. and Chem. Research, RIKEN (Japan); Kienle, P. [Tech. Univ. Muenchen, Physik Dep. (Germany); Levi Sandri, P. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, INFN (Italy); and others

    2012-05-15

    The SIDDHARTA experiment measured the kaonic {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He 3d {yields}2p X-ray transitions using gaseous targets for the first time. The strong-interaction shift both of the kaonic {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He 2p states was determined with a precision of a few eV. The shift of kaonic {sup 4}He is much smaller than the values obtained in the experiments performed in 70's and 80's, while it is consistent with the recent result of the KEK E570 experiment, as well as the theoretical calculated values. Therefore, the problem on kaonic helium (the 'kaonic helium puzzle') was definitely solved. The first observation of the kaonic {sup 3}He X-rays was also achieved in the SIDDHARTA experiment. The shift both of kaonic {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He was found to be as small as a few eV.