Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1 H-MRS) is evolving from single-volume localized acquisitions to multiple-volume acquisitions using magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (lH-MRSI). The normal regional patterns of 1H-MRSI-detectable metabolite signal intensities have yet to be established. We studied 13 healthy young adults with a multiple-section lH-MRSI technique. The metabolite signals measured were N-acetylaspartate (NA), cho-line-containing compounds (CHO), creatine-phosphocreatine (CRE), and lactate. Ten neuroanatomic regions (nine bilateral) were identified in gray matter, white matter, and basal nuclei. Analysis of the data led to the following conclusions: (1) NA and CHO signals from centrum semiovale (CSO) can be used as a normalizing factor to reduce intersubject variability due to external causes; (2) in normal human brain, there is no left versus right asymmetry in the regions studied; (3) statistically significant patterns of signal distribution of NA, CHO, and CRE can be identified in normal human brain; and (4) CSO-normalized metabolite signal intensities and metabolite ratios complement each other for the detection of significant regional differences.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Neurology