Pulsed field gradient NMR was used to measure the root mean square displacement lambda of the NMR visible lipid molecules in C6 brain tumors in the rat at different diffusion times. For a distribution of spherical droplets of diameter with volume fraction xi(Phi(i)), the mean characteristic droplet diameter Phi(c) = square root of Sigma(i)xi(Phi(i)Phi(i)(2) was shown to be related to the root mean square displacement at long diffusion times by the simple relationship Phi(c)(2) = 10 lambda(2). In the range of diffusion times 100--530 msec, lambda was found to be independent of the diffusion time and equal to 1.35 +/- 0.22 microm and Phi(c) to 4.27 +/- 0.71 microm. The data reinforce the notion that the presence of lipid resonances in NMR spectra of tumors is due to lipid droplets. Light microscopy of histologic slices showed the presence of lipid droplets mainly in the necrotic region and in a layer of tumor cells surrounding the necrosis. Magn Reson Med 45:409-414, 2001.
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