The induction of global cerebral ischaemia in laboratory animals is difficult to accomplish and has been even more difficult to verify. Most reported verification methods suffer from lack of sensitivity or from being traumatic and highly invasive. We describe a non-traumatic global cerebral ischaemia verification technique which is quantitative, simple, and highly sensitive. Radioactive technetium-99m pertechnetate is injected intravenously during the ischaemic phase of an experiment and the appearance of radioactivity within the animal's head is quantitated using a gamma camera and nuclear medicine computer. Radioactivity levels below the visual perception threshold are readily measured, thus providing a high degree of confidence in assessing the partial or total nature of cerebral ischaemia.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology