Arie Simon Bode1,2, Robrecht Nils Planken3, Bastiaan Versluis1, Joachim E. Wildberger1,4, Jan H. Tordoir2,5, Tim Leiner1,5
1Radiology, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, Netherlands; 2Surgery, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, Netherlands; 3Radiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands; 4Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht, Maastricht, , Netherlands; 5Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Knowledge of upper extremity vascular geometry prior to dialysis access creation improves clinical outcome. Purpose of the present study was to compare a non-contrast enhanced (NCE) balanced TFE sequence with the current standard of reference, CE-MRA. In 10 healthy volunteers and 5 patients with ESRD we obtained both NCE-bTFE and CE-MRA images. Although CE-MRA was superior for arterial depiction NCE-bTFE yielded images of diagnostic quality in the vast majority of subjects. Furthermore, NCE-bTFE enabled visualization of significantly more venous segments compared compared to CE-MRA. bTFE proved to be an attractive alternative for pre-operative vascular mapping prior to vascular access creation.