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Abstract #1287

Non-Contrast-Enhanced Imaging of Lower Limb Veins: Improved Imaging Using Multiple Flow Preparations

Andrew N. Priest1, Ilse Joubert1, Sarah Hilborne1, Sally Hunter1, David J. Bowden1, Martin John Graves1, Trevor Baglin2, David J. Lomas1

1Department of Radiology, Addenbrookes Hospital and University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom; 2Department of Haematology, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom

ADVANCE-MRV, a recently described method for non-contrast-enhanced venography, is able to depict veins while suppressing the signal from arteries and static tissues, by subtraction of flow-sensitised images. In regions with low flow dispersion, the venous suppression can fluctuate, leading to non-uniform signal in the venograms. This problem was previously overcome by combining multiple images with differing flow sensitisations. An alternative is to use multiple flow preparations within a single acquisition: this method is demonstrated to improve the consistency of venous suppression and the uniformity of the resultant venograms. Initial patient imaging clearly depicts femoral vein occlusion due to DVT.