The institutional review board approved this HIPAA-compliant study and waived informed consent. The purpose was to investigate nonenhanced magnetic resonance (MR) angiography with steady-state free precession (SSFP) with inversion recovery for assessing renal arteries in patients with renal transplants. Thirteen recipients of renal transplants underwent SSFP MR angiography before contrast material-enhanced MR angiography. Three stenoses (two mild, one severe) were identified at SSFP MR angiography in agreement with findings at contrast-enhanced MR angiography. There was no significant difference in image quality between the two methods. Results suggest SSFP MR angiography permits image quality of renal transplant arteries and detection of arterial stenosis comparable with those at contrast-enhanced MR angiography.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging