Diffusion-weighted MR imaging in acute stroke: theoretic considerations and clinical applications.


Journal Article (Review)

The major clinical use of diffusion-weighted imaging to date has been in evaluation of cerebral infarction, at which it excels. However, diffusion-weighted imaging has also shown promise for other applications, ranging from quantitative analysis of biologic changes that are not apparent from simple visual inspection of images (but are detectable after using regions of interest on apparent diffusion coefficient maps) to better characterization of other intracranial abnormalities (e.g., abscess and tumor). Both the clinical and research applications of diffusion-weighted imaging can be expected to increase, providing fresh insights into physiologic characteristics of both normal and abnormal tissue.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Provenzale, JM; Sorensen, AG

Published Date

  • December 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 173 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1459 - 1467

PubMed ID

  • 10584783

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10584783

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0361-803X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2214/ajr.173.6.10584783


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States