Combined arterial spin label and dynamic susceptibility contrast measurement of cerebral blood flow.
Greg Zaharchuk, Matus Straka, Michael P Marks, Gregory W Albers, Michael E Moseley, Roland Bammer
Magn Reson Med | Published : 2010
Dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) and arterial spin labeling (ASL) are both used to measure cerebral blood flow (CBF), but neither technique is ideal. Absolute DSC-CBF quantitation is challenging due to many uncertainties, including partial- volume errors and nonlinear contrast relaxivity. ASL can measure quantitative CBF in regions with rapidly arriving flow, but CBF is underestimated in regions with delayed arrival. To address both problems, we have derived a patient-specific correction factor, the ratio of ASL- and DSC-CBF, calculated only in short-arrival-time regions (as determined by the DSC-based normalized bolus arrival time [Tmax]). We have compared the combined CBF method to go..View full abstract