Contrast Agents: Physical and Biological Basis

Abstract

Contrast agents occupy a pivotal position in the science and art of medical imaging. A medical image from whatever source must exhibit contrast to allow one part of the image to be differentiated from another. An agent that enhances contrast in an image is termed a contrast agent.

Keywords: medical imaging; enhancement; contrast; pharmacological agents

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Dawson, Peter(Apr 2001) Contrast Agents: Physical and Biological Basis. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002337]