Hyperpolarized 13C MRI

Using Hyperpolarized 13C MRI for Brain Imaging

Myriam Chaumeil PhD's lab is working to develop better and faster ways to image the brain and the way it works using hyperpolarized carbon-13 MR imaging technology.

Two Important Advances in HP 13C MRI from the UCSF HMTRC

There have been numerous studies to date that have shown the outstanding research and potential clinical value of hyperpolarized carbon-13 MR (HP 13C MRI). However, it requires major technological development to realize its full potential. Here are two recent advances from teh UCSF Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center (HMTRC). 

Hyperpolarized 13C MRI as an Emerging Molecular Imaging Technique

Hyperpolarized (HP) carbon 13 (13C) MRI is an emerging molecular imaging technique that is actively undergoing clinical translation at multiple institutions. At UCSF Radiology, we are engaged in work to develop this new technology.

Using Advanced MRI to Detect and Accurately Target Disease

In this video, Dr. Vigneron describes his work and how it’s helping tens of thousands of patients with prostate cancer and brain tumors by more accurately identifying the location of cancers, monitoring whether those cancers are responding to treatment, and, as needed, adjusting the treatment to more specifically target the disease.

Targeting and Measuring with Hyperpolarized MRI

Hyperpolarized MRI allows us to pinpoint cancers that could not be detected very well anatomically, and monitor their rate of progression. We can also learn if therapies have hit their target and measure quantitatively whether they did what was intended.