Purpose: Development of a technique for whole-body MR angiography based on a rolling table platform and integration of a surface coil. Material and Methods: The developed rolling table platform AngioSURF (System for Unlimited Rolling Field-of-view) with integrated surface coil can be mounted on top of the original patient table of a Siemens Symphony System. Data acquisition was performed with a standard body array surface coil. The system was tested on three volunteers and one patient with angiographically documented vascular pathology. Data acquisition was performed with a 3D-FLASH-sequence (TR/TE 2,1/0,7 ms, flip angle: 20°, FOV 40 x 40 cm, 80 partitions, matrix 512 x 420 with zero interpolation). Five data sets were collected in immediate succession during continuous injection of a paramagnetic contrast agent. Time of acquisition per data set was 10 seconds. Table repositioning was performed manually within 3 seconds. Thus the total acquisition time amounted to 72 seconds. Results: No problems with handling occurred in any of the four cases. The excellent image quality enables detailed assessment of the displayed vascular territories. Conclusions: The rolling table platform with integrated surface coil (AngioSURF) allows diagnostic display of the arterial vascular system from supraaortic vessels to the distal trifurcation arteries in only 72 seconds.
|Translated title of the contribution||Whole-body MRA on a rolling table platform (AngioSURF)|
|Journal||RoFo Fortschritte auf dem Gebiet der Rontgenstrahlen und der Bildgebenden Verfahren|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 26.09.2000|