Direct projective time-of-flight NMR angiography within 4s.

Abstract

To enhance contrast between flow and static tissue, NMR projective angiographic methods usually require data subtraction, or alternatively the application of special data processing routines such as the "maximum intensity projection" algorithm. We have successfully developed a direct projection method which yields sufficient flow/static contrast in a single acquisition, producing angiograms in under 4 s. Direct projection angiograms of the cervical and abdominal vessels were obtained. The cervical vessels were uniformly depicted in a number of different projection views. The abdominal vessels exhibit intensity variations due to the pulsatile flow pattern. A series of abdominal angiograms were acquired, each triggered at a different starting cardiac phase. When displayed as a movie sequence the pulsatile flow pattern was seen to advance along the arteries. To more uniformly represent the abdominal vessels a 24-s average was adequate. This new technique should allow NMR angiograms to be obtained in a "fluoroscopic" mode.

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@article{Matsuda1991DirectPT, title={Direct projective time-of-flight NMR angiography within 4s.}, author={Tetsuji Matsuda and Michael W. Doyle and Gerald M. Pohost}, journal={Magnetic resonance in medicine}, year={1991}, volume={18 2}, pages={395-404} }