Delayed contrast-enhanced MRI of the aortic wall in Takayasu's arteritis: Initial experience

Milind Y. Desai, John H. Stone, Thomas K.F. Foo, David B. Hellmann, João A.C. Lima, David A. Bluemke

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OBJECTIVE. Delayed contrast-enhanced MRI is increasingly being used for cardiac viability imaging. Takayasu's arteritis is a rare inflammatory disorder of unknown cause that affects the aorta, its major branches, and the pulmonary artery; it is characterized by inflammation and fibrosis in the arterial wall. We report our initial experience with seven patients (six women, one man; age range, 25-62 years) with delayed (20 min) gadolinium-enhanced MRI (inversion recovery prepared gated fast gradient-echo pulse sequence) in patients with known Takayasu's arteritis. CONCLUSION. Patients with Takayasu's arteritis (particularly those with abnormal laboratory values) have evidence of delayed hyperenhancement on delayed contrast-enhanced MRI. Thus, delayed contrast-enhanced MRI might be a useful technique to identify inflammation in arterial wall.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1427-1431
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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