Purpose: To investigate the characteristics of arterial spin-labeling magnetic resonance imaging (ASL-MRI) in central nervous system (CNS) infection. Methods: Thirty-two patients with CNS infections underwent a pulsed ASL-MRI. The findings on ASL-MRI were retrospectively assessed for the pathogens as well as each of the following four pathology classified based on conventional MRI findings: non-purulent parenchymal involvement, meningeal involvement, abscess formation, and ventricular involvement. Results: Among the 17 patients with non-purulent parenchymal involvement, ASL-MRI revealed high perfusion in 8 patients (47%) and low perfusion 1 patient (6%). Especially, four of five patients (80%) with definite or suspected herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection showed high perfusion on ASL-MRI. Seventeen of 22 patients (77%) with meningeal involvement showed high perfusion along the cerebral sulci irrespective of the pathogens. Meanwhile, 4 of 16 lesions (25%) with abscess formation showed low perfusion and one of six patients (17%) with ventricular involvement had high perfusion. Conclusions: The characteristics of ASL-MRI in CNS infections were clearly delineated. ASLMRI could be helpful for monitoring the brain function in CNS infections noninvasively.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging