Imaging sodium in the brain

Project Details

Sodium is critical for neuronal firing and is found in altered distributions in several brain diseases. While Sodium provides the second strongest MR-observable signal in biological tissue, its bulk signal strength is around ~20,000 times less than that of water making it difficult to reliably image, even at high field such as 7 Tesla. Our group has been developing new MRI sequences and post-processing techniques to image sodium and study sodium in different parts of the brain.

The 3D-MERINA sequence with phantom and human brain data collected using the 7 Tesla MRI scanner. From Blunck et al., 2017, Magn Reson Med

Research Group

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre



Royal Melbourne Hospital

MDHS Research library
Explore by researcher, school, project or topic.