Andreas Weng1, Christian Oliver Ritter1, Max Kowalski1, Meinrad Joachim Beer1, Dietbert Hahn1, Herbert Kstler1
1Institut fr Rntgendiagnostik, Uniklinik Wrzburg, Wrzburg, Bayern, Germany
In this study a cold pressor test (CPT) was established in the MRI environment to investigate endothelial behavior and the resulting response of myocardial perfusion to sympathetic stimulation with cold. CPT was performed by putting the left hand of 10 healthy non-smoking volunteers in an over-head ice-water bath. For comparison 15 minutes later a rest examination was performed and a significant increase of myocardial perfusion could be observed in all volunteers.