Maolin Qiu1, Ramachandran Ramani2, Robert Todd Constable3
1Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, United States; 2Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, United States; 3Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States
This study aims to examine the sensitivity of 19F imaging in detecting cerebral Sevoflurane concentrations in humans during 0.5MAC anesthesia and to investigate the spatial distribution during Sevoflurane anesthesia. We have successfully conducted the first 19F imaging study in humans to assess the cortical distribution of the inhalational anesthetic agent Sevoflurane at clinically-relevant concentrations and demonstrated the possibility of directly mapping the regional Sevoflurane concentration in the brain using 19F imaging with a 1H/19F dual-tuned CP head coil even though the cortical concentration is extremely low. Preliminary results demonstrate the non-uniformity of Sevoflurane distribution in the human brain and provide new insights by directly measuring cortical concentrations during anesthesia.