Three-dimensional multi-contrast assessment of the aortic wall at 3 Tesla
Iulius Dragonu 1,2 , Thomas Wehrum 2 , Christoph Strecker 2 , Benjamin R. Knowles 1 , Jrgen Hennig 1 , and Andreas Harloff 2
Radiology, Medical Physics, University
Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany,
University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Despite complete routine diagnostics, the etiology of
stroke remains cryptogenic in ca. 30% of the patients.
Here, we present a novel multi-contrast 3D MRI protocol
comprising bright-blood T1-weighted; dark-blood
T2-weighted and proton density-weighted images that
allows the thorough assessment of the entire thoracic
aorta in a clinically feasible time. Accuracy of this
protocol was tested in both volunteers and stroke
patients with aortic atherosclerosis.
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