(1/2878) Magnetic resonance angiography versus duplex sonography for diagnosing renovascular disease.

Noninvasive testing for renovascular disease is required to identify patients who may benefit from revascularization procedures without exposing an unnecessary amount of patients to the risks of catheter angiography. All available methods of diagnosing renal artery stenosis have significant limitations. We compared a new technique, contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography, with an established technique, duplex ultrasonography, for the detection of renal artery stenosis using catheter angiography as the standard of reference. Eighty-nine patients with clinically suspected renovascular disease underwent duplex renal scanning and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography. Sixty of these also underwent catheter angiography. All studies were interpreted for the presence of renal artery stenosis blinded to the results of the other imaging modalities. For detection of hemodynamically significant (>/=60% diameter reduction) main renal artery stenosis, sensitivity and specificity were 90% and 86%, respectively, for magnetic resonance angiography and 81% and 87% for duplex sonography. Most false readings involved differential grading of stenoses detected with all 3 techniques. When patients with fibromuscular dysplasia were excluded from the analysis, the sensitivity of magnetic resonance angiography increased to 97%, with a negative predictive value of 98%. Magnetic resonance angiography detected 96% and duplex 5% of accessory renal arteries seen at catheter angiography. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography is a useful technique for diagnosing atherosclerotic renovascular disease. It overcomes the major limitations of duplex renal scanning. However, duplex has the advantage of providing hemodynamic information and appears better suited for the assessment of patients with suspected fibromuscular dysplasia.  (+info)

(2/2878) Evaluation of cerebral aneurysms with high-resolution MR angiography using a section-interpolation technique: correlation with digital subtraction angiography.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The objective was to evaluate the results of high-resolution, fast-speed, section-interpolation MR angiography and digital subtraction angiography (DSA), thereby examining the potential use of a primary noninvasive screening test for intracranial aneurysms. METHODS: The images were obtained in 39 cerebral aneurysmal lesions from 30 patients with a time-of-flight MR angiographic technique using a 1.5-T superconducting MR system. The total image volume was divided into four slabs, with 48 partitions each. To save time, only 24 phase-encoded steps were measured and interpolated to 48. The parameters used included 30/6.4 (TR/TE), a flip angle of 25 degrees , a 160x512 matrix, a field of view of 150x200, 7 minutes 42 seconds of scan time, an effective thickness of 0.7 mm, and an entire thickness of 102.2 mm. Maximum intensity projection was used for the image analysis, and a multiplanar reconstruction technique was used for patients with intracranial aneurysms. RESULTS: Among 39 intracranial aneurysmal lesions in 30 patients, 21 were ruptured and 18 were unruptured. Twelve lesions were less than 2 mm in size, 12 were 3 to 5 mm, 12 were 6 to 9 mm, and three were larger than 10 mm. At initial examinations, 38 of 39 aneurysmal lesions were detected by both MR angiography and DSA, with 97% sensitivity. In confirming aneurysms in neck and parent vessels, multiplanar reconstruction was successful in detecting all 39 aneurysms, whereas MR angiography was successful in detecting 27 (69%) and DSA was successful in detecting 32 (82%) of the lesions. CONCLUSION: High-resolution MR angiography with a section-interpolation technique showed equal results to those of DSA for the detection of intracranial aneurysms and may be used as a primary noninvasive screening test. In the evaluation of aneurysms in neck and parent vessels, the concurrent use of MR angiography and multiplanar reconstruction was far superior to the use of either MR angiography or DSA alone.  (+info)

(3/2878) Use of three-dimensional MR angiography for tracking a contrast bolus in the carotid artery.

Contrast-bolus tracking in the carotid bifurcation was accomplished using an MR angiographic technique with a 3D turbo field-echo readout (TR/TE = 6/3, flip angle = 50 degrees) modified by a keyhole scheme. Optimal visibility of the contrast bolus was achieved by digital subtraction from a reference volume. This technique reliably time-resolves the carotid arteries from the jugular veins.  (+info)

(4/2878) Helical CT angiography: dynamic cerebrovascular imaging in children.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of helical CT cerebrovascular imaging (CTCVI) in children and to make initial comparisons with MR angiography and digital subtraction angiography (DSA). METHODS: Twenty-six patients, ages 3 days to 17 years, were examined with CTCVI. Patients were scanned with 1-mm collimation and 2:1 pitch 30 seconds after the initiation of a hand injection of 2 mL/kg nonionic contrast material (320 mg/dL iodine) with a maximum dose that did not exceed 80 mL (minimum volume, 5 mL in a 2.5-kg infant). Reconstructions were done using maximum intensity projection and integral rendering algorithms. Four patients had CTCVI, MR angiography, and DSA (42 vessels studied) and nine patients had CTCVI and DSA (136 vessels studied). Scores of 1 (not present) to 3 (present in continuity to the first bifurcation) were assigned independently by two radiologists to 32 vessels in each correlated case for each available technique. RESULTS: There were no technical failures. CTCVI depicted 18 thrombosed dural sinuses, three vascular malformations, one intracranial aneurysm, and four tumors. Ninety-five percent of the vessels seen with DSA were also seen with CTCVI. CTCVI identified all vessels seen on MR angiography. CONCLUSION: Helical CTCVI is an effective technique for assessing the intracranial circulation in children. In this initial comparison, CTCVI showed more vascular detail than MR angiography, and had fewer technical limitations.  (+info)

(5/2878) Spiral computed tomographic scanning and magnetic resonance angiography for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism.

PURPOSE: To compare prospectively the accuracy of spiral computed tomography (CT) with that of ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy for diagnosing pulmonary embolism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Within 48 hours of presentation, 142 patients suspected of having pulmonary embolism underwent spiral CT, scintigraphy, and (when indicated) pulmonary angiography. Pulmonary angiography was attempted if interpretations of spiral CT scans and of scintigrams were discordant or indeterminate and intermediate-probability, respectively. RESULTS: In the 139 patients who completed the study, interpretations of spiral CT scans and of scintigrams were concordant in 103 patients (29 with embolism, 74 without). In 20 patients, intermediate-probability scintigrams were interpreted (six with embolism at angiography, 14 without); diagnosis with spiral CT was correct in 16. Interpretations of spiral CT scans and those of scintigrams were discordant in 12 cases; diagnosis with spiral CT was correct in 11 cases and that with scintigraphy was correct in one. Spiral CT and scintigraphic scans of four patients with embolism did not show embolism. Sensitivities, specificities, and kappa values with spiral CT and scintigraphy were 87%, 95%, and 0.85 and 65%, 94%, and 0.61, respectively. CONCLUSION: In cases of pulmonary embolism, sensitivity of spiral CT is greater than that of scintigraphy. Interobserver agreement is better with spiral CT.  (+info)

(6/2878) Pseudoaneurysm of the vertebral artery.

Pseudoaneurysms of the vertebral artery are rare. Their treatment depends on the location, size, cause, and coexisting injuries. The surgical management of a 22-year-old man who had a large pseudoaneurysm in the 1st portion of the right vertebral artery is described, and an additional 144 cases from the medical literature are briefly reviewed.  (+info)

(7/2878) A new technique of surface anatomy MR scanning of the brain: its application to scalp incision planning.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Surface anatomy scanning (SAS) is an established technique for demonstrating the brain's surface. We describe our experience in applying SAS with superposition of MR venograms to preoperative scalp incision planning. METHODS: In 16 patients, scalp incision planning was done by placing a water-filled plastic tube at the intended incision site when we performed SAS using half-Fourier single-shot fast spin-echo sequences. Two-dimensional phase-contrast MR angiograms were obtained to demonstrate the cortical veins and then superimposed upon the SAS images. The added images were compared with surgical findings using a four-point grading scale (0 to 3, poor to excellent). RESULTS: In each case, neurosurgeons could easily reach the lesion. Surgical findings correlated well with MR angiogram-added SAS images, with an average score of 2.56. CONCLUSION: Our simple technique is a useful means of preoperatively determining brain surface anatomy and can be used to plan a scalp incision site.  (+info)

(8/2878) Clinical and neuroradiological features of intracranial vertebrobasilar artery dissection.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We sought to determine the clinical and neuroradiological features of intracranial vertebrobasilar artery dissection. METHODS: The clinical features and MR findings of 31 patients (20 men and 11 women) with intracranial vertebrobasilar artery dissections confirmed by vertebral angiography were analyzed retrospectively. The vertebral angiography revealed the double lumen sign in 11 patients (13 arteries) and the pearl and string sign in 20 patients (28 arteries). RESULTS: The patients ranged in age from 25 to 82 years (mean, 54.8 years). Clinical symptoms due to ischemic cerebellar and/or brain stem lesions were common, but in 3 cases the dissections were discovered incidentally while an unrelated disorder was investigated. Headache, which has been emphasized as the only specific clinical sign of vertebrobasilar artery dissection, was found in 55% of the patients. Intramural hematoma on T1-weighted images has been emphasized as a specific MR finding. The positive rate of intramural hematoma was 32%. Double lumen on 3-dimensional (3-D) spoiled gradient-recalled acquisition (SPGR) images after the injection of contrast medium was identified in 87% of the patients. The 3-D SPGR imaging method is considered useful for the screening of vertebrobasilar artery dissection. CONCLUSIONS: Intracranial vertebrobasilar artery dissection is probably much more frequent than previously considered. Such patients may present no or only minor symptoms. Neuroradiological screening for posterior circulation requires MR examinations, including contrast-enhanced 3-D SPGR. Angiography may be necessary for the definite diagnosis of intracranial vertebrobasilar artery dissection because the sensitivity of the finding of intramural hematoma is not satisfactory.  (+info)