MR Perfusion Imaging

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Perfusion imaging is a powerful tool in the imaging of brain tumors, improving differential diagnostics, tumor grading, and the planning and monitoring of different therapy modalities. Several technical approaches are available to characterize tumor perfusion; these methods are widely available, easy to apply, and the results provide essential additional information on brain tumor pathophysiology. This chapter provides a review of different perfusion measurement techniques with exogenous or endogenous tracers. The clinical application of perfusion measurements in neuro-oncological imaging is discussed in view of the pathophysiological background. The practical use of perfusion imaging in differential diagnosis and tumor grading is presented with regard to the prognostic value of the method. Applications in biopsy targeting and therapy planning are also discussed. In the last section of this chapter, advantages and limitations of perfusion imaging in the follow-up of brain tumors are summarized.


Cerebral Blood Flow Perfusion Imaging Cerebral Blood Volume Arterial Spin Label Perfusion Parameter 
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Dynamic susceptibility contrast


Dynamic contrast enhanced


Cerebral blood flow [mL/100 mL/min]


Cerebral blood volume [mL/100 mL]


Mean transit time


Time to peak


Arterial input function


Transfer coefficient


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Preibisch
    • 1
  • Vivien Tóth
    • 1
  • Claus Zimmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neuroradiology, Klinikum Rechts der IsarTU MunichMunichGermany

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