High resolution contrast-enhanced MR angiography in the evaluation of rabbit carotid artery

Ren Hua Wu, D. F. Kallmes

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This study compared a high resolution contrast-enhanced MR angiography (MRA) sequence to conventional contrast-enhanced MRA sequence for imaging of rabbit carotid artery. Fifteen rabbits underwent an evaluation using both high resolution contrast-enhanced MRA sequence and conventional contrast-enhanced MRA sequence. Siemens 1.5 Tesla Magnetom Vision system was utilized. The parameters of high resolution sequence were: TR/TE= 6.2/2.0 msec, flip angle 25°, matrix 130x512, pixel size 0.96x0.49 mm, partition thickness 1.58 mm, acquisition time 24 sec. The parameters of conventional sequence were: TR/TE=3.8/1.4 msec, flip angle 35°, matrix 110x256, pixel size 1.48x1.02 mm, partition thickness 2mm, acquisition time 10 sec. Maximum intensity projection (MIP) images were created. Both original single slices and MIP images were used for image quality evaluation. Contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR), signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), distinctness of artery edge, and venous contamination were analyzed for both techniques. Higher average CNR and SNR were obtained with high resolution contrast-enhanced MRA, compared to average CNR and SNR with conventional contrast-enhanced MRA. The differences were statistically significant (p<0.01). The artery edge with high resolution method was more distinct than conventional method. Jugular venous contamination was found in five of 15 cases with high resolution contrast-enhanced MRA and in four of 15 cases with conventional contrast-enhanced MRA. High resolution contrast-enhanced MRA has significant potential for high quality noninvasive vascular imaging. The image quality with high resolution contrast-enhanced MRA sequence is better than conventional contrast-enhanced MRA sequence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-536
Number of pages8
JournalRivista di Neuroradiologia
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Contrast-enhanced
  • High resolution
  • Magnetic resonance angiography
  • Rabbit carotid artery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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