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New class of molecular ‘lightbulbs’ illuminate MRI

Researchers at Duke University have reported the discovery of a new class of molecular tags that enhance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signals by 10,000-fold and generate detectable signals that last over an hour. The tags are biocompatible and inexpensive to produce, paving the way for widespread use of MRI to monitor metabolic processes of conditions like cancer and heart disease in real time. This marks a major step towards realizing a new form of MRI that could record biochemical reactions in the body as they happen.

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