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Effect of transit times on quantification of cerebral blood flow by the FAIR T(1)-difference approach.
|Title||Effect of transit times on quantification of cerebral blood flow by the FAIR T(1)-difference approach.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Authors||Zhou J, van Zijl PC|
|Journal||Magnetic resonance in medicine : official journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine / Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine|
|Date Published||1999 Nov|
The effect of finite transit times for the tagging bolus is known to be a significant error source for perfusion quantification using the flow-sensitive alternating inversion recovery (FAIR) technique. It is shown that, in the presence of transit times, both the slice-selective (SS) and nonselective (NS) inversion recovery experiments actually consist of an NS period followed by an SS period. This mixed process can be described using a newly defined time constant called the "switching time," which separates the two periods. Calculations predict that finite transit times always lead to decreased flow values in the signal-intensity-difference approach, but that the measured flows in the T(1)-difference approach may be decreased or increased. This theory well explains our recent experimental flow results on cat brain as a function of predelay. The results show the signal-intensity-difference method is superior over the T(1)-difference approach in terms of convenience and ease of quantification. Magn Reson Med 42:890-894, 1999.
|Alternate Journal||Magn Reson Med|