Blood Velocity Measurements in Intact Subjects

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Science  23 Oct 1970:
Vol. 170, Issue 3956, pp. 440-441
DOI: 10.1126/science.170.3956.440


Venous blood velocities in intact human forearms can be measured by the use of nuclear magnetic resonance techniques. In essence, two separated coils are placed over the vein, and the arm is held in a magnetic field. Radio-frequency energy in one coil "flips" over the protons in the blood stream, and the second coil detects the arrival of the "flipped" protons. Human blood in vivo and in vitro has a nominal nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation time of 0.4 second.

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