Experimental acute intracerebral hemorrhage. Value of MR sequences for a safe diagnosis at 1.5 and 0.5 T

Acta Radiol. 2000 Nov;41(6):544-52. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0455.2000.041006544.x.


Purpose: To determine the detectability of intracerebral hematomas with MR imaging at 1.5 T and 0.5 T with fluid attenuated inversion recovery turbo spinecho (FLAIR) and gradient-echo sequences.

Material and methods: Twenty-seven intracerebral hematomas were created in 25 piglets by injection of venous blood into the brain through a burr hole. All were imaged with T2*-weighted gradient echo sequences (fast field echo, FFE), T2-weighted fluid attenuated inversion recovery turbo spin-echo sequences (FLAIR), T2-weighted turbo spin-echo (TSE) and T1-weighted spinecho sequences. Follow-up was performed on the 2nd, 4th and 10th postoperative days. Ten animals were additionally investigated with similar sequences at 0.5 T. Histologic correlation was obtained in all cases.

Results: T2* FFE sequences detected all acute intracerebral hematomas and demonstrated the size correctly at 1.5 T and 0.5 T. The conspicuity was better at 1.5 T. FLAIR sequences were unreliable in the hyperacute phase at 1.5 T: However. subarachnoid and intraventricular extension was best appreciated with FLAIR images. T2 TSE images were incapable of detecting paraventricular and subarachnoid hemorrhages, but clearly demonstrated intracerebral blood in other locations. TI-weighted images were insensitive to hemorrhage in the acute state but very useful in subacute and chronic hematomas.

Conclusion: The safe and reliable diagnosis of intracerebral hemorrhage is probably possible with MR imaging at 1.5 T and 0.5 T even of hematomas less than 90 min old, but requires the application of at least FLAIR, T2* FFE and T1 sequences and is therefore time consuming.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Animals
  • Brain / pathology
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / diagnosis*
  • Hematoma / diagnosis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Swine