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This book equips readers from a variety of clinical and research backgrounds with a broad understanding of the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), starting from the basic principles and proceeding through protocol design, localisation, optimisation, processing, and analysis. It clearly explains the various applications of MRS and highlights common artefacts and pitfalls. In addition, it discusses likely future directions for MRS.
There is a perception that, while the clinical applications of structural MRI have grown exponentially since the late 1970s, in vivo MRS is associated with acquisition challenges, lengthy examination times, interpretation difficulties, and limited clinical applications. The truth, amply demonstrated in this book, is that MRS holds great potential to contribute to the diagnosis of a widening range of disease processes, as evidenced by the growth in research that has resulted in more than 500 new publications each year.