Local re-inversion coronary MR angiography: Arterial spin-labeling without the need for subtraction

Marcus Katoh, Elmar Spuentrup, Christoph Barmet, Matthias Stuber

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Purpose: To implement a double-inversion bright-blood coronary MR angiography sequence using a cylindrical reinversion prepulse for selective visualization of the coronary arteries. Materials and Methods: Local re-inverslon bright-blood magnetization preparation was implemented using a non-selective inversion followed by a cylindrical aortic re-inversion prepulse. After an inversion delay that allows for inflow of the labeled blood-pool into the coronary arteries, three-dimensional radial steady-state free-precession (SSFP) imaging (repetition/echo time, 7.2/3.6 ms; flip angle, 120°, 16 profiles per RR interval; field of view, 360 mm; matrix, 512, twelve 3-mm slices) is performed. Coronary MR angiography was performed in three healthy volunteers and in one patient on a commercial 1.5 Tesla whole-body MR System. Results: In all subjects, coronary arteries were selectively visualized with positive contrast. In addition, a middle-grade stenosis of the proximal right coronary artery was seen in one patient. Conclusion: A novel T1 contrast-enhancement strategy is presented for selective visualization of the coronary arteries without extrinsic contrast medium application. In comparison to former arterial spin-labeling schemes, the proposed magnetization preparation obviates the need for a second data set and subtraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)913-917
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008


  • Angiography
  • Arterial spin-labeling
  • Contrast enhancement
  • Coronary arteries
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Radio-frequency pulses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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