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MRI illuminated by γ-rays

A technique that combines magnetic resonance with nuclear medicine has been used to image the distribution of a radioactive tracer, potentially opening up a powerful and innovative approach to medical imaging. See Letter p.652

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Figure 1: Anisotropic emission of γ-rays from metastable xenon-131.


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