Mr measurement of spinal csf flow with the race technique

Thomas Kahn, Edgar Müller, Jonathan S. Lewin, Ulrich Mödder

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The purpose of our study was the application and validation of a phase-sensitive pulse sequence that allowed real time CSF flow measurement without need for electrocardiographic (ECG) synchronization. After excitation of a slice perpendicular to the axis of the spine, projective data were obtained with a gradient echo sequence [contrast enhanced Fourier acquired steady- state technique (CE-FAST)] without spin warp gradient [real time acquisition and evaluation of motion technique (RACE)], allowing one-dimensional spatial resolution across the region of interest with a total sampling time of 20-30 ms. The sequence was calibrated with a spinal CSF phantom with oscillatory fluid motion. The calculated mean pulsation amplitudes of 20 healthy volunteers in the cervical region were 16 mm (range 9-36 mm), in the thoracic region 11 mm (5-21 mm), and in the lumbar region 3 mm (1-6 mm). The technique was capable of demonstrating physiologic alterations of CSF flow during respiratory maneuvers and may provide a tool to evaluate the altered CSF dynamics resulting from spinal block, inflammatory processes, or hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Volume16
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Lumbosacral Region
Healthy Volunteers
Spine
Thorax
Hemorrhage

Keywords

  • Cerebrospinal fluid flow
  • Magnetic resonance imaging techniques
  • Real time acquisition and evaluation of motion technique (RACE)
  • Spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Kahn, T., Müller, E., Lewin, J. S., & Mödder, U. (1992). Mr measurement of spinal csf flow with the race technique. Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, 16(1), 54-61.

Mr measurement of spinal csf flow with the race technique. / Kahn, Thomas; Müller, Edgar; Lewin, Jonathan S.; Mödder, Ulrich.

In: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1992, p. 54-61.

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Kahn, T, Müller, E, Lewin, JS & Mödder, U 1992, 'Mr measurement of spinal csf flow with the race technique', Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 54-61.
Kahn, Thomas ; Müller, Edgar ; Lewin, Jonathan S. ; Mödder, Ulrich. / Mr measurement of spinal csf flow with the race technique. In: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography. 1992 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 54-61.
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