Preliminary report on in vivo coronary MRA at 3 Tesla in humans

Matthias Stuber, René M. Botnar, Stefan E. Fischer, Rolf Lamerichs, Jouke Smink, Paul Harvey, Warren J. Manning

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Current limitations of coronary magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) include a suboptimal signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), which limits spatial resolution and the ability to visualize distal and branch vessel coronary segments. Improved SNR is expected at higher field strengths, which may provide improved spatial resolution. However, a number of potential adverse effects on image quality have been reported at higher field strengths. The limited availability of high-field systems equipped with cardiac-specific hardware and software has previously precluded successful in vivo human high-field coronary MRA data acquisition. In the present study we investigated the feasibility of human coronary MRA at 3.0T in vivo. The first results obtained in nine healthy adult subjects are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-429
Number of pages5
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • 3 Tesla
  • Angiography
  • Coronary MRA
  • Coronary angiography
  • Coronary arteries
  • Coronary artery disease
  • High field
  • High resolution
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Three-dimensional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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