3D coronary vessel wall imaging utilizing a local inversion technique with spiral image acquisition

Rene M. Botnar, Won Y. Kim, Peter Brnert, Matthias Stuber, Elmar Spuentrup, Warren J. Manning

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Current 2D black blood coronary vessel wall imaging suffers from a relatively limited coverage of the coronary artery tree. Hence, a 3D approach facilitating more extensive coverage would be desirable. The straightforward combination of a 3D-acquisition technique together with a dual inversion prepulse can decrease the effectiveness of the black blood preparation. To minimize artifacts from insufficiently suppressed blood signal of the nearby blood pools, and to reduce residual respiratory motion artifacts from the chest wall, a novel local inversion technique was implemented. The combination of a nonselective inversion prepulse with a 2D selective local inversion prepulse allowed for suppression of unwanted signal outside a user-defined region of interest. Among 10 subjects evaluated using a 3D-spiral readout, the local inversion pulse effectively suppressed signal from ventricular blood, myocardium, and chest wall tissue in all cases. The coronary vessel wall could be visualized within the entire imaging volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)848-854
Number of pages7
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Black blood
  • Coronary vessel wall
  • Local inversion
  • Spiral imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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