Research Article| Volume 25, ISSUE 3, P610-617, March 2016

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Time Course of Diffusion Kurtosis in Cerebral Infarctions of Transient Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion Rat Model


      To evaluate the relationship between fiber bundle direction and changes in diffusion kurtosis, we evaluated the apparent diffusion kurtosis coefficients (AKCs) that were perpendicular to and parallel to the principal diffusion tensor eigenvector.

      Materials and Methods

      Adult male Wistar rats were subjected to 30 or 60 minutes of middle cerebral artery occlusion and imaged with a 7T Magnetic Resonance Imager System (Varian MRI System 7T/210: Agilent Technologies, CA). Diffusion kurtosis images were obtained before middle cerebral artery (MCA) reperfusion and 3, 6, and 24 hours after reperfusion to generate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), fractional anisotropy (FA), mean apparent diffusion kurtosis coefficient (mAKC), AKC axial to the eigenvector (axAKC), and AKC radial to the eigenvector (radAKC) images. The time course of the region/normal ratio was evaluated for the above parameters in the caudoputamen and white matter.


      Relative FA and relative ADC values decreased 3 hours after MCA reperfusion and remained decreased until 24 hours. Relative mAKC, axAKC, and radAKC values were increased 3 hours after MCA reperfusion, peaked after 6 hours, and slightly decreased after 24 hours. In the white matter, axAKC showed larger changes than radAKC.


      The time course of the diffusion kurtosis value showed earlier pseudonormalization than the ADC value of the lesions. For white matter lesions, the increase in axAKC was larger than that in radAKC, suggesting that the tissue changes after infarction mainly produce reduced diffusivity along the fibers and lead to increased inhomogeneity of the diffusion.

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