The application of diffusion-weighted line-scanning for the rapid assessment of water ADC changes in stroke at high magnetic fields

M. N. Yongbi, N. C. Huang, C. A. Branch, J. A. Helpern

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Rapid changes in the apparent diffusion coefficient of water following brain ischemia have been extensively studied using echo planar diffusion imaging at low fields (2.0 T). There is a desire to perform these studies at higher fields (>3.0 T) where the benefits of improved signal-to-noise can be exploited. Unfortunately, EPI diffusion is technically difficult to implement at high fields because of large magnetic susceptibility effects. This article demonstrates the feasibility of employing a line-scan diffusion protocol for ADCw measurements in stroke. The technique was applied on a 4.0 T system to monitor the decline in ADCw following the induction of focal cerebral ischemia in rat. ADCw data were acquired every 15 s with 10 b-values or every 22.5 s with 15 b-values, with a cubic spatial resolution of 1.5 mm. The results demonstrate that estimates of ADCw can be acquired with coefficients of variation under 3.0%, and with a combination of spatial and temporal resolution comparable to that previously reported for EPI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalNMR in Biomedicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1997
Externally publishedYes



  • ADCw
  • Diffusion
  • Ischemia
  • Line-scan
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Spectroscopy

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