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Magn Reson Med. 1992 Aug;26(2):241-58.

Dynamic studies of gadolinium uptake in brain tumors using inversion-recovery echo-planar imaging.

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Department of Physics, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.


Echo-planar imaging has been used to observe the dynamics of Gd-DTPA uptake in brain tumors. It has been possible to examine both vascular uptake and diffusion across the blood-brain barrier in a single experiment, by using the IR-MBEST echo-planar sequence which combines a high temporal resolution (approximately 3 s) with strong T1 weighting. To model the uptake it is necessary to know the arterial concentration of Gd-DTPA; in this study the signal in the sagittal sinus was measured to avoid the need to take repeated blood samples. The time constant for transfer across the blood-brain barrier was measured to be between 20 and 1050 s for different tumors. The results of the modeling correlated with the results of other assessments of tumor vascularity.

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