OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of a retrospective adaptive motion correction technique known as autocorrection for reducing motion-induced artifacts in high-resolution three-dimensional time-of-flight MR angiography of the circle of Willis. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Ten consecutive volunteers were imaged with an unenhanced gradient-recalled echo three-dimensional time-of-flight MR angiography sequence of the circle of Willis. Each volunteer was asked to rotate approximately 2° after completion of one third and one half of the acquisition in the axial, sagittal, and oblique planes (45° to the axial and sagittal planes). A single static data set was also acquired for each volunteer. Unprocessed and autocorrected maximum-intensity-projection images were reviewed as blinded image pairs by six radiologists and were compared on a five-point image quality scale. RESULTS. Mean improvement in image quality after autocorrection was 1.4 (p < 0.0001), 1.1 (p < 0.0001), and 0.2 (p = 0.003) observer points (maximum value, 2.0), respectively, for examinations corrupted by motion in the axial, oblique, and sagittal planes. All three axes had statistically significant improvement in image quality compared with the uncorrected images. Changes in image quality after the application of the autocorrection algorithm to static angiogram data were not statistically significant (mean change in score = -0.13 points; p = 0.29). CONCLUSION. Autocorrection can reduce artifacts in motion-corrupted MR angiography of the circle of Willis without distorting motion-free examinations.
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- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging