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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(1), 70; doi:10.3390/ijms18010070

Brain Vascular Imaging Techniques

Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Rudbeck Laboratory, Uppsala University, 75185 Uppsala, Sweden
Academic Editor: Michael Henein
Received: 24 October 2016 / Revised: 13 December 2016 / Accepted: 26 December 2016 / Published: 30 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Atherosclerosis and Vascular Imaging 2016)
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Recent major improvements in a number of imaging techniques now allow for the study of the brain in ways that could not be considered previously. Researchers today have well-developed tools to specifically examine the dynamic nature of the blood vessels in the brain during development and adulthood; as well as to observe the vascular responses in disease situations in vivo. This review offers a concise summary and brief historical reference of different imaging techniques and how these tools can be applied to study the brain vasculature and the blood-brain barrier integrity in both healthy and disease states. Moreover, it offers an overview on available transgenic animal models to study vascular biology and a description of useful online brain atlases. View Full-Text
Keywords: brain vascular disorders; imaging; vascular biology; brain atlas; animal models; molecular imaging; computed tomography (CT); positron emission tomography (PET); magnetic resonance angiography (MRI); photoacoustic imaging (PAI); magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) brain vascular disorders; imaging; vascular biology; brain atlas; animal models; molecular imaging; computed tomography (CT); positron emission tomography (PET); magnetic resonance angiography (MRI); photoacoustic imaging (PAI); magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
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