Ning Jin1, Christopher Glielmi1, Xiaoming Bi1, Georgeta Mihai2, Eugene Dunkle3, Robert R. Edelman3, Sven Zuehlsdorff1, Orlando P. Simonetti2, Sanjay Rajagopalan2
1Cardiovascular R&D, Siemens Healthcare, Chicago, IL, United States; 2Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, United States; 3Department of Radiology, NorthShore University Health System, Evanston, IL, United States
MRA of the forearms and hands is particularly challenging. There is a renewed interest in non contrast-enhanced (NCE) MRA techniques given the concerns of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis in patients with chronic kidney disease. Recently, QISS MRA technique has been implemented for imaging of the lower extremities and demonstrated to be rapid, easy to use, and insensitive to patient motion, heart rate and flow patterns. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of high resolution NCE-MRA of the hand and forearm arteries using the QISS technique.