Ioannis Koktzoglou1,2, Matthew T Walker1,2, Joel R Meyer1,2, Ian G Murphy1,3, and Robert R Edelman1,3
1Radiology, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL, United States, 2University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, United States, 3Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, United States
Nonenhanced hybridized arterial spin labeling (hASL)
magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) using a fast low-angle shot (FLASH)
readout was used to image the extracranial carotid arteries at 3 Tesla.
Comparisons were made with 2D time-of-flight (TOF) MRA and contrast-enhanced
MRA. Image quality obtained hASL FLASH MRA was found to be superior to that 2D
TOF, with the method also providing improved inter-rater agreement,
quantification of arterial cross-sectional area, and vessel sharpness.