In vivo measurement of pulsewave velocity in small vessels using intravascular MR

Bradley D. Bolster, Jean Michel Serfaty, Ergin Atalar

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A one-dimensional intravascular MR (IVMR) technique for the measurement of pulsewave velocity in a single cardiac cycle is presented. The technique was used to measure pulsewave velocity in vivo in the intact rabbit model, where its sensitivity to different hemodynamic states was demonstrated using a pharmacological intervention with phenylephrine and nitroprusside. IVMR measurements of pulsewave velocity were found to increase with mean arterial pressure, as expected. Further, IVMR-based pulsewave velocity estimates were in agreement with those measured by pressure catheters and direct distensibility measurement. Because of their rapidity and highly localized nature, these measurements of vessel elasticity may complement the high-resolution vascular imaging information gained in an IVMR examination. This could allow assessment of atherosclerotic plaques and facilitate immediate treatment decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages8
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


  • In vivo rabbit model
  • Intravascular MRI
  • Pulsewave velocity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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