Vessel size imaging

Irène Troprès, Stephan Grimault, Albert Vaeth, Emmanuelle Grillon, Cécile Julien, Jean François Payen, Laurent Lamalle, Michel Décorps

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Vessel size imaging is a new method that is based on simultaneous measurement of the changes δR2 and δR2/* in relaxation rate constants induced by the injection of an intravascular superparamagnetic contrast agent. Using the static dephasing approximation for δR2/* estimation and the slow-diffusion approximation for δR2 estimation, it is shown that the ratio δR2/ δR2/* can be expressed as a function of the susceptibility difference between vessels and brain tissue, the brain water diffusion coefficient, and a weighted mean of vessel sizes. Comparison of the results with 1) the Monte Carlo simulations used to quantity the relationship between tissue parameters and susceptibility contrast, 2) the experimental MRI data in the normal rat brain, and 3) the histologic data establishes the validity of this approach. This technique, which allows images of a weighted mean of the vessel size to be obtained, could be useful for in vivo studies of tumor vascularization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-408
Number of pages12
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • CBV
  • Contrast agent
  • Rat brain MRI
  • Susceptibility contrast
  • Vessel size

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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