Magnetic Resonance Imaging in experimental models of brain disorders

R.M. Dijkhuizen, K. Nicolaij

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Abstract

This review gives an overview of the application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in experimental models of brain disorders. MRI is a noninvasive and versatile imaging modality that allows longitudinal and three-dimensional assessment of tissue morphology, metabolism, physiology, and function. MRI can be sensitized to proton density, T1, T2, susceptibility contrast, magnetization transfer, diffusion, perfusion, and flow. The combination of different MRI approaches (e.g., diffusion-weighted MRI, perfusion MRI, functional MRI, cell-specific MRI, and molecular MRI) allows in vivo multiparametric assessment of the pathophysiology, recovery mechanisms, and treatment strategies in experimental models of stroke, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and other brain disorders. This report reviews established MRI methods as well as promising developments in MRI research that have advanced and continue to improve our understanding of neurologic diseases and that are believed to contribute to the development of recovery improving strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1383-1402
JournalJournal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Volume23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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