Ann Thorac Surg 2002;73:S368
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SUPPLEMENT: OUTCOMES 2001: SCIENTIFIC ABSTRACTS
Diffusion weighted imaging and magnetic resonance imaging are normal after significant microembolic insult, but magnetic resonance spectroscopy is abnormal in the first 24 hours
a Departments of Anesthesiology and Radiology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Introduction. Neurobehavioral deficits are common after cardiopulmonary bypass, but magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) seldom reveals significant abnormalities. We would be better able to evaluate new neuroprotective interventions if a sensitive quantifiable measure of acute brain injury were available. Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) is purported to be sensitive to acute brain injury, and several clinical trials are under way using DWI to determine if off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting causes less brain injury than traditional on-pump procedures. In an effort to empirically determine . . . [Full Text of this Article]
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