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Abstract #3329

Preoperative Mapping of Autogenous Saphenous Veins in Patients with PAOD & Femorodistal Bypass Grafting: Prospective Comparison of Peripheral MR Angiography using a Blood Pool Contrast Agent with Ultrasound & Intraoperative Findings

Ann Marie Jah-Kabba1, Guido Matthias Kukuk1, Dariusch Reza Hadizadeh1, Arne Koscielny2, Frauke Verrel2, Hans Heinz Schild1, Winfried Albert Willinek1

1Department of Radiology, University of Bonn, Bonn, NRW, Germany; 2Department of Vascular Surgery, University of Bonn, Bonn, NRW, Germany

MR angiography (MRA) in the equilibrium phase performed with a blood pool contrast agent (BPCA) allows for visualization of the veins in addition to arterial imaging without the need of a second contrast injection. Mapping of autogenous saphenous veins as an imaging adjunct to peripheral MRA with the BPCA Gadofosveset was feasible without significant differences as compared to duplex ultrasound. It correctly allowed selection of candidates for autogenous venous graft surgery and may replace time-intensive venous ultrasound in the preoperative work-up of patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD).