fMRI changes in the brain associated with the carotid compression test

Andrea Righini, Massimo Orsi, Carlo Sebastiano Tadeo, Giovanni Ceccarelli, Marco Locatelli, Francesco Lucchetti, Marco Leonardi, Gian Piero Cabrini

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Purpose: The purpose of our investigation was to study in normal volunteers the response to a unilateral common carotid (CC) compression test using dynamic MRI sensitive to variations in blood magnetic susceptibility. Method: Nine volunteers, positioned in a 1.5 T MR scanner, performed a unilateral 40 to 45 s CC self-compression during the acquisition of single slice axial T2*-weighted FLASH images. Results: In three subjects, the signal showed a significant 2% drop from baseline in the ipsilateral frontal temporal cortex during the compression. In another three subjects, a significant 1.5-2% signal decrease was observed in both hemispheres. In two subjects whose MR angiography showed abnormalities of the circle of Willis, the bilateral signal drop was more remarkable (3%). In one volunteer, the signal did not change. Conclusion: Increased deoxyhemoglobin within the brain microcirculation is the probable explanation for the signal drop. This method could be further tested in view of the widespread use of open interventional MR units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-513
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Arteries, carotid
  • Brain, blood flow
  • Brain, ischemia
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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    Righini, A., Orsi, M., Tadeo, C. S., Ceccarelli, G., Locatelli, M., Lucchetti, F., Leonardi, M., & Cabrini, G. P. (1998). fMRI changes in the brain associated with the carotid compression test. Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, 22(4), 509-513.