Pulmonary Vascular Disease Evaluation with Magnetic Resonance Angiography

Bradley D. Allen*, Mark L. Schiebler, Christopher J. François

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pulmonary vascular assessment commonly relies on computed tomography angiography (CTA), but continued advances in magnetic resonance angiography have allowed pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography (pMRA) to become a reasonable alternative to CTA without exposing patients to ionizing radiation. pMRA allows the evaluation of pulmonary vascular anatomy, hemodynamic physiology, lung parenchymal perfusion, and (optionally) right and left ventricular function with a single examination. This article discusses pMRA techniques and artifacts; performance in commonly encountered pulmonary vascular diseases, specifically pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension; and recent advances in both contrast-enhanced and noncontrast pMRA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-719
Number of pages13
JournalRadiologic clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • Magnetic resonance angiography
  • Pulmonary arteries
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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