High-Spatiotemporal-Resolution Ultrasound Flow Imaging to Determine Cerebrovascular Hemodynamics in Alzheimer's Disease Mice Model

Hsin Huang, Pei Ling Hsu, Sheng Feng Tsai, Yi Hsiang Chuang, De Quan Chen, Guo Xuan Xu, Chien Chen, Yu Min Kuo, Chih Chung Huang

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Although the relationships of cerebrovascular hemodynamic dysfunction with neurodegenerative diseases remain unclear, many studies have indicated that poor cerebral perfusion accelerates the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Small animal models are widely used in AD research. However, providing an imaging modality with a high spatiotemporal resolution and sufficiently large field of view to assess cerebrovascular hemodynamics in vivo remains a challenge. The present study proposes a novel technique for high-spatiotemporal-resolution vector micro-Doppler imaging (HVμDI) based on contrast-free ultrafast high frequency ultrasound imaging to visualize the cerebrovascular hemodynamics of the mouse, with a data acquisition time of 0.4 s, a minimal detectable vessel size of 38 µm, and a temporal resolution of 500 Hz. In vivo experiments are conducted on wild-type and AD mice. Cerebrovascular hemodynamics are quantified using the cerebral vascular density, diameter, velocity, tortuosity, cortical flow pulsatility, and instant flow direction variations. Results reveal that AD significantly change the cerebrovascular hemodynamics. HVμDI offers new opportunities for in vivo analysis of cerebrovascular hemodynamics in neurodegenerative pathologies in preclinical animal research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2302345
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Dec 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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