Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was performed in five monkeys with experimentally induced acute cerebral infarction to define the MR imaging features and correlate these with computed tomography (CT) findings, laboratory analysis, and histopathological studies. Acute infarct (2-4 hours after embolization) was generally visible on MR images but not on CT scans. CT at 24 and 48 hours did show the infarcts. In all cases the infarct was more clearly depicted with MR imaging and was visualized as an area of high signal intensity on T2-weighted images. Spectrometric nuclear MR measurements of the postmortem cerebral tissue confirmed prolongation of both T1 and T2 values similar to that calculated from MR images. At postmortem laboratory testing, the area of infarction detected with MR imaging had decreased specific gravity and increased water content, reflecting edema.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging