Using diffusion MRI for measuring the temperature of cerebrospinal fluid within the lateral ventricles

L. R. Kozak, M. Bango, M. Szabo, G. Rudas, Z. Vidnyanszky, Z. Nagy

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Aim: Hypothermia is often induced to reduce brain injury in newborns, following perinatal hypoxic-ischaemic events, and in adults following traumatic brain injury, stroke or cardiac arrest. We aimed to devise a method, based on diffusion-weighted MRI, to measure non-invasively the temperature of the cerebrospinal fluid in the lateral ventricles. Methods: The well-known temperature dependence of the water diffusion constant was used for the estimation of temperature. We carried out diffusion MRI measurements on a 3T Philips Achieva Scanner involving phantoms (filled with water or artificial cerebrospinal fluid while slowly cooling from 41 to 32°C) and healthy adult volunteers. Results: The estimated temperature of water phantoms followed that measured using a mercury thermometer, but the estimates for artificial cerebrospinal fluid were 1.04°C lower. After correcting for this systematic difference, the estimated temperature within the lateral ventricles of volunteers was 39.9°C. Using diffusion directions less sensitive to cerebrospinal fluid flow, it was 37.7°C, which was in agreement with the literature. Conclusion: Although further improvements are needed, measuring the temperature within the lateral ventricles using diffusion MRI is a viable method that may be useful for clinical applications. We introduced the method, identified sources of error and offered remedies for each.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - febr. 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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