Inverse T2 contrast at 1.5 Tesla between gray matter and white matter in the occipital lobe of normal adult human brain

Jinyuan Zhou, Xavier Golay, Peter C.M. Van Zijl, M. Johanna Silvennoinen, Risto Kauppinen, James Pekar, Michael Kraut

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Abstract

T2 of cortical gray matter is generally assumed to be longer than that of white matter. It is shown here that this is not the case in the occipital lobe, but that this effect is often obscured at lower resolution and concealed in standard T2-weighted images. Using a high-resolution (1 × 1.3 × 2 mm3) segmented EPI CarrPurcell-Meiboom-Gill sequence,T2 relaxation times of the brain were measured at 1.5 T for eight healthy adult volunteers. The average T2 values of cortical gray and white matter were found to be 88 ± 2 and 84 ± 3 msec in the frontal lobe, 84 ± 2 and 83 ± 3 msec in the parietal lobe, and 79 ± 1 and 87 ± 3 msec in the occipital lobe, respectively. This unexpected occipital T2 contrast between gray and white matter is attributed to regional differences in iron concentration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-406
Number of pages6
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 2001

Keywords

  • Brain iron
  • CPMG sequence
  • Occipital lobe
  • Relaxation time
  • T

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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