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Abstract #3332

Single Dose Large Anatomical Coverage Contrast-Enhanced Peripheral MRA using a Novel Broadband Digital MR Architecture: Initial Experience

Tim Leiner1, Eveline Alberts2, Liesbeth Geerts2, Mark Stoesz2, Fredi Visser1, Willem Mali1, Jeroen Hendrikse1

1Department of Radiology, Utrecht University Medical Center, Utrecht, Netherlands; 2Clinical Science Division, Philips Medical Systems, Best, Netherlands

High dose peripheral contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CE-MRA) is losing attractiveness due to advances in MR hardware and software as well as complications associated with gadolinium-based contrast agents . We describe a novel fully digital MR architecture with intrinsically higher signal-to-noise ratio coils that was used to to improve 1) anteroposterior coverage, 2) acquisition resolution, and 3) to reduce contrast agent dose from a double to a single dose. At the same time good image quality was preserved, both by subjective and objective image quality measures.