Brain perfusion imaging: How does it work and what should i use?

Blake E. McGehee, Jeffrey M. Pollock, Joseph A Maldjian

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In the last 15 years there has been a relative explosion in the number of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques and developments related to cerebral perfusion. Given the variety of perfusion methods available, it is often difficult to decide which technique would be best for a particular clinical question or patient. In this review article we discuss the more common techniques, review how they are performed, and summarize the optimal technique or techniques for a variety of clinical situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1257-1272
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • ASL
  • DCE
  • DSC
  • arterial spin labeling
  • cerebral perfusion
  • dynamic contrast enhancement
  • dynamic susceptibility contrast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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