Hlne Raoult1, 2, Jean-Yves Gauvrit1, 2, Vincent Le Couls3, Peter Schmitt4, Elise Bannier2
1Neuroradiology, University Hospital, Rennes, France; 2Unit VISAGES U746 INSERM-INRIA, IRISA UMR CNRS 6074, University of Rennes, Rennes, France; 3Siemens Healthcare, Imaging and Therapy, Saint Denis, France; 4Siemens AG, MR Application & Workflow Development, Erlangen, Germany
Our study assesses the feasibility and quality of non-gated non-contrast-enhanced MRA (NCE MRA) carotid imaging using inversion-prepared bSSFP in 16 volunteers. The sequence offers high-quality images with bright intravascular signal, and results were equivalent or superior to those of standard TOF MRA. Non-gated NCE MRA allows high-quality carotid imaging over a larger field of view with a shorter acquisition time than TOF.