Controlled experimental study depicting moving objects in view-shared time-resolved 3D MRA

Petrice M. Mostardi, Clifton R. Haider, Phillip J. Rossman, Eric A. Borisch, Stephen J. Riederer

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Various methods have been used for time-resolved contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA), many involving view sharing. However, the extent to which the resultant image time series represents the actual dynamic behavior of the contrast bolus is not always clear. Although numerical simulations can be used to estimate performance, an experimental study can allow more realistic characterization. The purpose of this work was to use a computer-controlled motion phantom for study of the temporal fidelity of three-dimensional (3D) time-resolved sequences in depicting a contrast bolus. It is hypothesized that the view order of the acquisition and the selection of views in the reconstruction can affect the positional accuracy and sharpness of the leading edge of the bolus and artifactual signal preceding the edge. Phantom studies were performed using dilute gadolinium-filled vials that were moved along tabletop tracks by a computer-controlled motor. Several view orders were tested using view-sharing and Cartesian sampling. Compactness of measuring the k-space center, consistency of view ordering within each reconstruction frame, and sampling the k-space center near the end of the temporal footprint were shown to be important in accurate portrayal of the leading edge of the bolus. A number of findings were con-firmed in an in vivo CE-MRA study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-95
Number of pages11
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Contrast-enhanced MRA
  • Phantom study
  • Temporal fidelity
  • Time-resolved
  • View sharing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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