How can Sodium MRI techniques help us understand acute stroke?
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:A.J. Fagan, How can Sodium MRI techniques help us understand acute stroke?, Imaging in Medicine, 4, 3, 2012, 367 - 379
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This article addresses the potential usefulness of sodium MRI in the acute phase of stroke, asking whether the additional time required to acquire high quality sodium images is justified in the time-critical minutes following the presentation of a patient with symptoms. It begins with a description of the pathophysiology of stroke and the implications of the increasing bioenergetic failure on the sodium content in tissue. Recent studies which have aimed at imaging the subtle changes in this sodium content in stroke patients are then reviewed, followed by experiments in animal models of stroke which circumvent some of the limitations of the human studies. Finally, steps which will likely be required to translate these latest model findings into human studies are discussed, including new MR imaging techniques which may provide a boost in signal and allow for the introduction of relaxation-time contrast and quantification of the sodium concentration.
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Author: FAGAN, ANDREW
Type of material:Journal Article
Series/Report no:Imaging in Medicine
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