Relative Carotid Blood Flow Measurements in Dogs by High-speed CT: A Preliminary Study

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A high-speed computed tomography (CT) scanner was used for measuring flow in a phantom and in the common carotid arteries of six dogs. The general ability of the scanner to assess flow using contrast media boluses was tested with the phantom. The validated simple concept was then used in the animals. The carotid blood flow was varied with a distal occluder on one side and measured with electromagnetic flow probes in both vessels. The results are promising and demonstrate a good correlation between the high-speed CT findings and those measured with the flow probes.

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