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Title: Ultra-low field nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging to discriminate and identify materials

Abstract

An ultra-low magnetic field NMR system can non-invasively examine containers. Database matching techniques can then identify hazardous materials within the containers. Ultra-low field NMR systems are ideal for this purpose because they do not require large powerful magnets and because they can examine materials enclosed in conductive shells such as lead shells. The NMR examination technique can be combined with ultra-low field NMR imaging, where an NMR image is obtained and analyzed to identify target volumes. Spatial sensitivity encoding can also be used to identify target volumes. After the target volumes are identified the NMR measurement technique can be used to identify their contents.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Los Alamos, NM
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1014389
Patent Number(s):
7688069
Application Number:
US Patent Application 11/804,799
Assignee:
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01R - MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01N - INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Kraus, Robert H, Matlashov, Andrei N, Espy, Michelle A, and Volegov, Petr L. Ultra-low field nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging to discriminate and identify materials. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Kraus, Robert H, Matlashov, Andrei N, Espy, Michelle A, & Volegov, Petr L. Ultra-low field nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging to discriminate and identify materials. United States.
Kraus, Robert H, Matlashov, Andrei N, Espy, Michelle A, and Volegov, Petr L. Tue . "Ultra-low field nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging to discriminate and identify materials". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1014389.
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abstractNote = {An ultra-low magnetic field NMR system can non-invasively examine containers. Database matching techniques can then identify hazardous materials within the containers. Ultra-low field NMR systems are ideal for this purpose because they do not require large powerful magnets and because they can examine materials enclosed in conductive shells such as lead shells. The NMR examination technique can be combined with ultra-low field NMR imaging, where an NMR image is obtained and analyzed to identify target volumes. Spatial sensitivity encoding can also be used to identify target volumes. After the target volumes are identified the NMR measurement technique can be used to identify their contents.},
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Ultra-low field NMR measurements of liquids and gases with short relaxation times
journal, November 2006