Vessel wall MRI for targeting biopsies of intracranial vasculitis

S. R. Zeiler, Y. Qiao, C. A. Pardo, M. Lim, B. A. Wasserman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

14 Scopus citations


SUMMARY: Central nervous system vasculitides are elusive diseases that are challenging to diagnose because brain biopsies have high false-negative rates. We sought to test the ability of contrast-enhanced, high-resolution 3D vessel wall MR imaging to identify vascular inflammation and direct open biopsies of intracranial target vessels and adjacent brain parenchyma. Eight of 9 specimens revealed vascular inflammation. We conclude that vessel wall MR imaging can identify inflamed intracranial vessels, enabling precise localization of biopsy targets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2034-2036
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


Dive into the research topics of 'Vessel wall MRI for targeting biopsies of intracranial vasculitis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this