On the cause of increased aliasing in the slice-select direction in 3D contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography

Alan H. Wilman, Stephen J. Riederer

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The combination of short repetition times and large flip angles typically used in 3D contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (3D CE MRA) can significantly alter the expected shape of the slab profile for unenhanced tissues, which can cause increased aliasing in the slice select direction. In this work, this increased slice select aliasing is demonstrated and explained from both theoretical and experimental points of view. The effect is due to the Ernst angle of unenhanced background tissue occurring on the falling edges of the flip angle profile that has been set for the significantly reduced T1 of contrast-enhanced blood. The deleterious aliasing effects are magnified substantially when the chosen volume is placed close to surface coil reception with the slice select direction perpendicular to the coil axis. (C) 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-338
Number of pages3
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 22 2000



  • Aliasing
  • Contrast-enhanced MRA
  • MR angiography
  • Slice profile
  • Slice selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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