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A magnetic resonance proton spectroscopic imaging (SI) technique was developed to measure regional brain temperatures in human subjects. The technique was validated in a homogeneous phantom and in four healthy volunteers. Simulations and calculations determined the theoretical measurement precision as approximately ±0.3°C for individual 1-ml voxels. In healthy volunteers, repeated measurements on individual voxels had an S.D.=1.2°C. In a clinical study, 40 patients with acute ischemic stroke were imaged within 26 h (mean, 10 h) of onset. Temperatures were highest in the region that appeared abnormal (i.e., ischemic) on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) compared with a normal-appearing brain. The mean temperature difference between the DWI "lesion" area and the "normal brain" was 0.17°C [P<10-3; range, 2.45°C (hotter)-2.17°C (cooler)]. Noninvasive temperature measurement by SI has sufficient precision to be used in studies of pathophysiology in stroke and in other brain disorders and to monitor therapies. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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699 - 706