Rationale and Objectives: To determine the optimal dose of gadobenate dimeglumine for diagnostic high-resolution whole-body 3D-MR angiography. Methods: Ten healthy volunteers were examined three times with an ascending dose of Gd-BOPTA (0.1/0.2/0.3 mmol/kg BW). Three-dimensional data sets were collected with a rolling table platform (AngioSURF; MR-Innovation GmbH, Essen, Germany) which integrates the torso surface coil, using a 3D FLASH sequence at five stations from carotid arteries to the trifurcation vessels in 72 seconds. SNR- and contrast-to-noise-values were calculated for 30 segments per patient. For qualitative evaluation a 4-point-visualization scale was used. Results: Overall, significantly (P < 0.05) higher signal-to-noise values and CNR values were determined for Gd-BOPTA at a dose of 0.2 and 0.3 mmol/kg compared with 0.1 mmol/kg. Similarly, the qualitative analysis demonstrated image quality to be superior with 0.2 and 0.3 mmol/kg compared with 0.1 mmol/kg (P < 0.05). Qualitative and quantitative assessment failed to demonstrate a statistically significant difference between 0.2 and 0.3 mmol/kg BW (P > 0.05). Conclusion: A dose of 0.2 mmol/kg BW Gd-BOPTA rendered diagnostic image quality in all vascular segments of all volunteers.
|Issue number||4 SUPPL.|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 01.04.2003|