Comparative overview of brain perfusion imaging techniques

Max Wintermark, Musa Sesay, Emmanuel Barbier, Katalin Borbély, William P. Dillon, James D. Eastwood, Thomas C. Glenn, Cécile B. Grandin, Salvador Pedraza, Jean François Soustiel, Tadashi Nariai, Greg Zaharchuk, Jean Marie Caillé, Vincent Dousset, Howard Yonas

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Background and Purpose - Numerous imaging techniques have been developed and applied to evaluate brain hemodynamics. Among these are positron emission tomography, single photon emission computed tomography, Xenon-enhanced computed tomography, dynamic perfusion computed tomography, MRI dynamic susceptibility contrast, arterial spin labeling, and Doppler ultrasound. These techniques give similar information about brain hemodynamics in the form of parameters such as cerebral blood flow or cerebral blood volume. All of them are used to characterize the same types of pathological conditions. However, each technique has its own advantages and drawbacks. Summary of Review - This article addresses the main imaging techniques dedicated to brain hemodynamics. It represents a comparative overview established by consensus among specialists of the various techniques. Conclusions - For clinicians, this article should offer a clearer picture of the pros and cons of currently available brain perfusion imaging techniques and assist them in choosing the proper method for every specific clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2032-2033
Number of pages2
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Perfusion
  • Stroke
  • Tomography, emission computed
  • Tomography, emission-computed, single-photon
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler, transcranial


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