Clinical applications of intracranial perfusion MR imaging

Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 1999 May;9(2):309-31.


Dynamic susceptibility MR perfusion imaging of the brain offers clinically relevant physiological data not obtainable by conventional MR imaging. As new treatments continue to be developed for stroke, neoplasm, dementia, psychiatric illness, headache, and trauma, the potential clinical applications of perfusion MR imaging in the diagnosis, triage, and therapeutic monitoring of these diseases will increase. MR perfusion techniques are likely to be at least as sensitive and specific as radionuclide-based techniques, and offer the added advantage of higher intrinsic resolution, convenient coregistration with conventional MR imaging, as well as, time and cost-effective imaging in patients for whom a routine MR imaging is obtained.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Brain Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Diseases / physiopathology
  • Brain Injuries / diagnosis
  • Brain Injuries / physiopathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Brain Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation / physiology
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / physiopathology
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Dementia / diagnosis
  • Dementia / physiopathology
  • Headache / diagnosis
  • Headache / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / economics
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / physiopathology
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Sensitivity and Specificity