Hanne Hakkarainen1, Galina Dragneva, Petra Korpisalo-Pirinen, Seppo Yl-Herttuala, Olli Grhn, Timo Liimatainen
1 A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
T2 and rotating frame relaxation time constants were applied to estimate ischemic muscle viability in a mouse hind limb ischemia model with and without AdhVEGF-D gene therapy. On ischemic leg, percentages of pixels where relaxation times were at the same range as in intact leg were determined and correlated with normal areas determined from histology. High correlations were found with the relaxation times studied (T2, T1&[rho], TRAFF2), indicating that they could be used to evaluate ischemic muscle state non-invasively and provide potential imaging marker for therapy outcome.