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Evaluation of an AIF correction algorithm for dynamic susceptibility contrast-enhanced perfusion MRI


Brunecker, P; Endres, M; Nolte, C H; Schultze, J; Wegener, S; Jungehülsing, G J; Müller, B; Kerskens, C M; Fiebach, J B; Villringer, A; Steinbrink, J (2008). Evaluation of an AIF correction algorithm for dynamic susceptibility contrast-enhanced perfusion MRI. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 60(1):102-110.

Abstract

For longitudinal studies in patients suffering from cerebrovascular diseases the poor reproducibility of perfusion measurements via dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced MRI (DSC-MRI) is a relevant concern. We evaluate a novel algorithm capable of overcoming limitations in DSC-MRI caused by partial volume and saturation issues in the arterial input function (AIF) by a blood flow stimulation-study. In 21 subjects, perfusion parameters before and after administration of blood flow stimulating L-arginine were calculated utilizing a block-circulant singular value decomposition (cSVD). A total of two different raters and three different rater conditions were employed to select AIFs: Besides 1) an AIF selection by an experienced rater, a beginner rater applied a steady state-oriented strategy, returning; 2) raw; and 3) corrected AIFs. Highly significant changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) by 9.0% (P < 0.01) could only be found when the AIF correction was performed. To further test for improved reproducibility, in a subgroup of seven subjects the baseline measurement was repeated 6 weeks after the first examination. In this group as well, using the correction algorithm decreased the SD of the difference between the two baseline measurements by 42%.

Abstract

For longitudinal studies in patients suffering from cerebrovascular diseases the poor reproducibility of perfusion measurements via dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced MRI (DSC-MRI) is a relevant concern. We evaluate a novel algorithm capable of overcoming limitations in DSC-MRI caused by partial volume and saturation issues in the arterial input function (AIF) by a blood flow stimulation-study. In 21 subjects, perfusion parameters before and after administration of blood flow stimulating L-arginine were calculated utilizing a block-circulant singular value decomposition (cSVD). A total of two different raters and three different rater conditions were employed to select AIFs: Besides 1) an AIF selection by an experienced rater, a beginner rater applied a steady state-oriented strategy, returning; 2) raw; and 3) corrected AIFs. Highly significant changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) by 9.0% (P < 0.01) could only be found when the AIF correction was performed. To further test for improved reproducibility, in a subgroup of seven subjects the baseline measurement was repeated 6 weeks after the first examination. In this group as well, using the correction algorithm decreased the SD of the difference between the two baseline measurements by 42%.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:02 Feb 2009 13:33
Last Modified:17 Aug 2018 13:31
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0740-3194
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/mrm.21612
PubMed ID:18581417

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