Delayed Enhancement MR Coronary Vessel Wall Imaging in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease
Botnar R, Dirschinger J, Schachoff S, Schomig A, Schwaiger M, Ibrahim T, Maintz D, Manning W
Technical University Munich
Atherosclerosis is a systemic inflammatory disease that affects large and medium sized vessels including the coronary arteries. plaque itself. Native MR coronary vessel wall imaging has been show to allow assessment of coronary wall thickness but requires high spatial resolution and accurate motion correction. Contrast enhanced MRI may be an alternative as the imaging task is reduced to the detection of the presence or absence of contrast uptake. Thus, delayed enhancement coronary vessel wall imaging has been investigated in patients with suspected CAD and correlated with x-ray angiography.