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MR Evaluation of Pulmonary Blood Flow

Levin, David L MD, PHD*; Hatabu, Hiroto MD, PHD

doi: 10.1097/01.rti.0000142836.14611.f2

Pulmonary blood flow is one of the primary determinants of gas exchange. While a number of methods can be used to evaluation pulmonary perfusion, these have substantial limitations. In this paper, we discuss the use of magnetic resonance imaging techniques for the evaluation of pulmonary blood flow. While these methods are not commonly used at present, they have the potential to contribute greatly to the evaluation of suspected pulmonary vascular disease.

From the *University of California, San Diego UCSD Medical Center; and †Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.

Reprints: David L. Levin, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, Mail Code 8756, UCSD Medical Center, 200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103-8756 (e-mail:

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.