Mismatch between cerebral blood volume and flow index during transient focal ischemia studied with MRI and GD-BOPTA

Magn Reson Imaging. 1998;16(2):97-103. doi: 10.1016/s0730-725x(97)00243-9.


We investigated the regional and temporal changes in cerebral blood volume (CBV), cerebral blood flow (CBF), and vascular transit time in seven mongrel cats during 30 min transient focal ischemia, caused by occlusion of the middle cerebral artery. Dynamic susceptibility contrast magnetic resonance imaging was done at 4.7 T, using fast gradient echo T2* weighted imaging and intravenous injection of gadolinium-BOPTA/Dimeglumine. During occlusion, the areas showing a blood volume change were predominantly within the middle cerebral artery territory and could be divided into areas showing either CBV increases or decreases. The area with decreased blood volume also had decreased blood flow as measured by our flow-based index (p < 0.05) and was located in the central territory of the middle cerebral artery. Peripheral to this region was an area showing increased blood volume but without significant CBF changes (p > 0.05). During reperfusion, the CBF increased in the entire zone showing changes in blood volume during occlusion, and remained significantly elevated until 45 min post-occlusion, while CBV remained elevated in the hyperemic rim for at least 2 h. The presence of a peri-ischemic zone showing flow/volume mismatch identified a region wherein baseline CBF is maintained by means of compensatory vasodilatation, but where the ratio of CBF to CBV is decreased. Dynamic susceptibility contrast magnetic resonance imaging with gadolinium-BOPTA/Dimeglumine may be a valuable technique for the investigation of regional and temporal perturbations of hemodynamics during ischemia and reperfusion.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Volume*
  • Cats
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation*
  • Contrast Media*
  • Gadolinium
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / diagnosis*
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / physiopathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Meglumine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Organometallic Compounds*


  • Contrast Media
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • gadobenic acid
  • Meglumine
  • Gadolinium