Current State-of-the-Art 1.5 T and 3 T Extracranial Carotid Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Angiography

J. Kevin DeMarco, Winfried A. Willinek, J. Paul Finn, John III Huston

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Recent advances in magnetic resonance (MR) hardware and software have improved the resolution and spatial coverage of head and neck first-pass contrast-enhanced (CE) MR angiography. Despite these improvements, high-quality submillimeter-resolution 1.5 T and 3 T carotid CE MR angiography is not consistently available in the general radiology practice. This article reviews the important imaging parameters and potential pitfalls that affect carotid CE MR angiography image quality, and the dose and timing of the gadolinium-based contrast agent, and summarizes vendor-specific protocols for high-quality submillimeter-resolution carotid CE MR angiography at 1.5 and 3 T.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-257
Number of pages23
JournalNeuroimaging Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2012



  • Carotid MR angiography
  • Gadolinium-based contrast agent
  • Time-resolved carotid MR angiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology

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