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Abstract #3488

Visualization of arteries and veins using carbogen-challenged dual-echo MRA (CD-MRA)

Chien-Hsiang Huang 1,2 , Chiao-Chi V. Chen 1 , Yi-Hua Hsu 1 , and Chen Chang 1

1 Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Select, Taiwan, 2 Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

Identifying the arteries and veins is critical for diagnosis and prognosis in certain brain diseases. A dual-echo sequence has been proposed to visualize arteries by inflow effect and veins by BOLD effect. This study aimed to improve the sensitivity of arteries and veins in the dual-echo sequence by using the carbogen challenge to enhance both inflow and BOLD effects. This newly proposed technique is named carbogen-challenged dual-echo magnetic resonance angiography (CD-MRA). A stroke model was used to demonstrate its ability to reveal vessels in a pathological condition.

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