Magnetic resonance venography of the upper venous system with blood pool contrast agent: comparison of two different T1-weighted sequences.

Clinical imaging

PubMedID: 23465975

Boettcher J, Pfeil A, Wolf G, Hansch A. Magnetic resonance venography of the upper venous system with blood pool contrast agent: comparison of two different T1-weighted sequences. Clin Imaging. 2013;37(2):245-50.
OBJECTIVE
Image quality of gadofosveset trisodium-enhanced magnetic resonance venography (MRV) of the upper extremities was evaluated.

MATERIAL AND METHODS
Imaging was performed using a 3D Fast Low Angle Shot gradient recalled echo sequence (3D FLASH) and 3D gradient echo Volumetric Interpolated Breath-hold Examination with fat suppression (3D VIBE FS). Image quality was evaluated by two raters.

RESULTS
3D FLASH sequences demonstrated good image quality for depiction of the central venous system; 3D VIBE FS sequences showed good image quality for peripheral veins.

CONCLUSION
MRV using Gadofosveset trisodium enables good quality depiction of the venous system of the upper extremities.