Purpose: We aimed to determine the displacement parameters in the brains of normal individuals relative to brain parenchymal abnormalities, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and low-grade glioma, by q-space imaging (QSI) using 1.5-T magnetic resonance (MR) scanner.
Materials and methods: Thirty-five normal, three pathologically proven low-grade glioma, and five MS subjects were imaged by a 1.5-T MR unit for QSI (b-values, 0-12,000 s/mm(2)). Mean displacement (MD) values in white matter (WM), gray matter (GM), and lateral ventricle (cerebrospinal fluid [CSF]) of normal subjects, plaques, and normal appearing WM (NAWM) of MS subjects and glioma lesions were calculated. Mann-Whitney U test was used for comparison.
Results: In normal subjects, MD values were 6.6 ± 0.2, 8.44 ± 0.41, and 17.08 ± 0.80 μm for WM, GM, and CSF, respectively, while those for NAWM and WM plaques in MS, and glioma lesions were significantly higher at 7.0 ± 0.17, 9.3 ± 2.3, and 9.6 ± 0.40 μm, respectively, compared to WM in normal subjects.
Conclusion: We propose that the relative values of MD obtained by QSI in control and diseased tissues can be useful for diagnosing various WM abnormalities.
© 2011 by the American Society of Neuroimaging.