MR imaging of the thoracic aorta

James Carr*, J. Paul Finn

*Corresponding author for this work

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There are numerous pulse sequences available for evaluating the diverse pathology that affects the thoracic aorta. Preliminary imaging using TrueFISP and precontrast and postcontrast T1 GRE-FS is usually required to assess morphology of the aorta and adjacent structures. CE-MRA is the mainstay in the investigative approach. The addition of temporally resolved subsecond CE-MRA is particularly useful for assessing high-flow vascular lesions such as shunts, while at the same time not adding much to the overall contrast load. PC-MRA may help further characterize stenotic lesions and can be useful for monitoring progression of disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-148
Number of pages14
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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