Susceptibility Weighted MRI in Rodents at 9.4 T

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1718)


Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) is an established part of the clinical neuroimaging toolbox and, since its inception, has also successfully been used in various preclinical studies. Exploiting the effect of variations of magnetic susceptibility between different tissues on the externally applied, static, homogeneous magnetic field, the method visualizes venous vasculature, hemorrhages and blood degradation products, calcifications, and tissue iron deposits. The chapter describes in vivo and ex vivo protocols for preclinical SWI in rodents.

Key words

SWI Preclinical MRI Phase imaging Magnetic susceptibility Rodents Mice Rat Gradient echo Bold 



We are grateful to Drs. David Poulsen (Department of Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo) and Claire Modica (Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center, Department of Neurology, University at Buffalo) for support with the ex vivo experiments. Research reported in this publication was funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award Number UL1TR001412. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center, Department of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at BuffaloThe State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Center for Biomedical Imaging, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University at BuffaloThe State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA

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