Use of contrast media in neuroimaging

Marco Essig, Julien Dinkel, Juan E. Gutierrez

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Since their introduction, gadolinium-based contrast media are routinely used in most CNS MR imaging indications. Due to their paramagnetic effect, they significantly shorten the T1 relaxation times of the tissue and are therefore applied to improve the sensitivity and specificity of CNS diseases and to allow a better treatment decision, planning, and follow-up. More recently, contrast media have also been used to allow the measurement of tissue perfusion and to follow the time course of enhancement in dynamic contrast-enhanced imaging studies. Routinely they are used to enhance MR angiography studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-648
Number of pages16
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • CNS imaging
  • Contrast media
  • DSC-perfusion MRI
  • Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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