Perturbation of the cerebral circulation by occlusion of the vertebral arteries and a carotid artery can be visualized by using MR imaging and the intravascular contrast agent Gd-DTPA complexed to albumin. This tracer consistently reduced the T1 relaxation time in the brain and blood. The difference between hemispheres was revealed by less T1 reduction in the occluded hemisphere and by an adjustment in the display contrast of images that revealed the territory of decreased perfusion. These results were confirmed by comparing them with cerebral blood flow using radioactive microspheres and the intravascular blood volume tracer 51Cr-EDTA. This method, combined with high-resolution MR imaging, can be applied to serial noninvasive studies of cerebral blood volume in ischemia and other conditions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Journal of Neuroradiology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Clinical Neurology