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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1999 Oct;173(4):1097-9.

Diffusion-weighted MR imaging of encephalitis.

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Department of Radiology, Kyorin University School of Medicine, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Our purpose was to evaluate how well diffusion-weighted MR imaging shows viral or bacterial encephalitis in comparison with conventional MR imaging that includes T1- and T2-weighted spin-echo and fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery sequences.

CONCLUSION:

In nine of the 13 patients examined, diffusion-weighted imaging was superior to other diagnostic imaging sequences (fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery sequences in eight patients and a T2-weighted spin-echo sequence in one patient). Diffusion-weighted imaging can serve as a method of detecting early encephalitic changes.

PMID:
10511186
DOI:
10.2214/ajr.173.4.10511186
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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