High spatial and temporal resolution imaging of the arterial vasculature of the lower extremity with contrast enhanced mr angiography

Petrice M. Mostardi, Clifton R. Haider, James F. Glockner, Phillip M. Young, Stephen J. Riederer

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Vascular imaging can be essential in the diagnosis, monitoring, and planning and assessment of treatment of patients with peripheral vascular disease. The purpose of this work is to describe a recently developed three-dimensional (3D) time-resolved contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CE-MRA) technique, Cartesian Acquisition with Projection Reconstruction-like sampling (CAPR), and its application to imaging of the vasculature of the lower legs and feet. CAPR implements accelerated imaging techniques and uses specialized multielement imaging coil arrays to achieve high temporal and high spatial resolution imaging. Volunteer and patient studies of the vasculature of the lower legs and feet have been performed. Temporal resolution of 4.9-6.5 sec and spatial resolution less than or equal to 1 mm in all directions allow for the depiction of progressive arterial filling and complex flow patterns as well as sharp visualization of vascular structure as small as the fine muscular branches. High-quality diagnostic imaging is made possible with CAPR's advanced acquisition and reconstruction techniques and the use of specialized coil arrays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-488
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1 2011



  • CE-MRA
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • time-resolved imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology

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