Wingchi Edmund Kwok1, 2, Yue Hu3, Zhigang You1, Mathews Jacob4
1Department of Imaging Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, United States; 2Rochester Center for Brain Imaging, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, United States; 3Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, United States; 4Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, United States
MR angiography (MRA) of fingers is challenging due to the small size of blood vessels. Though high-resolution MRA may be obtained with dedicated RF coils, the associated long scan time and limited coverage hinder applications. Therefore, we evaluated the feasibility of applying compressed sensing on high-resolution finger MRA to save scan time. Our results show that compressed sensing can significantly reduce scan time while preserving blood vessel information, facilitating the clinical application of high-resolution finger MRA. Accelerated high-resolution finger MRA with compressed sensing should be useful for the diagnostic evaluation and pathogenesis studies of systemic sclerosis and arthritis.