Vite CH, McGowan JC.
Magnetization transfer imaging is a modality capable of examining the non-water components of brain tissue by examining the effects they have on water protons. It may be used qualitatively to increase the visibility of lesions seen during magnetic resonance angiography and following the administration of an intravenous paramagnetic contrast medium. Quantitatively, it can be used to examine the effect of pathology on magnetization transfer contrast, to provide a measurement of myelination, as well as to quantify disease progression in trauma, neoplasia, neurodegeneration and other disorders of the brain. This paper reviews the theory of magnetization transfer imaging, its applications, and provides an example of its use in examining the canine brain.