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Abstract #2160

Comparison of Non-Contrast Enhanced Dynamic MRA Techniques: 4D-SNAP vs 4D-TRANCE

Hua Guo1, Yuhui Xiong1,2, Sisi Li1, Simin Liu1, and Chun Yuan3
1Center for Biomedical Imaging Research, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2Neusoft Medical Systems Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China, 3Vascular Imaging Laboratory, Department of Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States

Simultaneous Non-contrast Angiography and intraPlaque imaging (SNAP), a non-contrast enhanced MRA technique, shows great potentials for either static artery imaging or 4D time-resolved artery imaging. Arterial spin labeling (ASL) based imaging techniques can also be used for dynamic MRA, e.g., 4D time-resolved angiography non-contrast enhanced (4D-TRANCE). Both of them are compatible with parallel imaging thus practical for clinical usage. But they are based on different principles and their performance comparison is desired. This study aims to compare 4D-SNAP and 4D-TRANCE. Results show 4D-SNAP provides 4D dynamic MRA with higher SNR and fewer artifacts than 4D-TRANCE using either TFE or TFE-EPI.

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