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Abstract #3787

The cerebral blood flow derived from multi-delay ASL MRI varies with the choice of post-labeling delay

Ya-Fang Chen1, Sung-Chun Tang2, and Wen-Chau Wu3,4
1Department of Medical Imaging, National Taiwan University Hospital Hsin-Chu Branch, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 2Department of Neurology, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, 3Institute of Medical Device and Imaging, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 4Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

With arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI, the delay time between labeling and image acquisition is a critical imaging parameter for accurate flow quantification. Multi-delay ASL has been proposed to tackle the problem of unknown arterial transit time (ATT). However, it is not fully understood how the range of delay times affects the derived CBF. The present study aimed to investigate this potential issue. Results show that the CBF derived from multi-PLD ASL varies with the choice of PLD (overestimated when the PLD range does not cover ATT) as well as SNR (overestimated along with greater variability when SNR is low).

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