EPFL scientists have found that pyruvic acid, a glucose metabolite, can be used for high-contrast MRI scans instead of that scary, free radical-ridden stuff they usually inject you with to get your protons jumping (aka hyperpolarising agents). Soon we’ll be MRI-ing recreationally. It’s the dream.
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Ooh. This could be particularly useful for people with mitochondrial disease (esp if they have high pyruvate levels anyway). Off to find the original reference.
that is so bad ass