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Abstract #3666

The Influence of Sublingual Nitroglycerin on Contrast -Enhanced Whole-Heart Coronary Magnetic Resonance Angiography at 3.0-T

Bin Sun1, ZhiYong Chen2, LiXin Jin3, Qing Duan

1Radiology, FuJian Medical University Union Hospital, FuZhou, FuJian, China; 2Radiology, FuJian Medical University Union Hospital, China; 3Siemens Healthcare, MR Collaboration NE Asia, China

This article describes the influence of sublingual nitroglycerin spray on the lumen diameter, number of side branches visualized, average vessel length of 3.0-T contrast-enhanced whole-heart coronary magnetic resonance angiography. Twenty-four patients were prospectively included in this study: 12 were examined without sublingual nitroglycerin, and 12 were examined after the administration of sublingual nitroglycerin. Two blinded observers quantitatively assessed lumen diameter and length in the RCA, LAD and LCX. The number of acute marginal branches and septal branches was counted. The number of clinical side effects was evaluated. Sublingual nitroglycerin spray significantly dilates the coronary arteries and allows more side branches to be visualized at 3.0-T contrast-enhanced whole-heart CMRA without increasing resolution or increasing the number of side effects.