Xenon/computed tomography cerebral blood flow measurements methods and accuracy

Panos P. Fatouros, Abund O. Wist, P. Kishore, Deuglas S. Dbwitt, James A. Hall, Richard L. Keenan, Lauraine M. Stewart, Anthony Marmarou, Sung C. Choi, Hermes A. Kontos

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We performed a series of five baboon experiments to compare cerebral blood flow measured with an improved stable xenon/CT method and the radiolabelled microsphere technique at a PaC02 of 40 mm Hg. The xenon/CT method was implemented by fitting the arterial xenon uptake with a double exponential function, by measuring the oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations continuously during each breath and by taking into account the lung-to- brain transit time of xenon. The time of xenon inhalation was extended to 30 minutes to obtain more reliable estimates of CBF in white matter regions. The results indicate an overall correlation coefficient of 0.92 between the two methods and good numeric agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-712
Number of pages8
JournalInvestigative radiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerebral blool flow
  • Radiolabeled microspheres
  • Xenon/CT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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