TITLE

Measurements before endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms. MR imaging with MRA vs. angiography and CT

AUTHOR(S)
Engellau, L.; Albrechtsson, U.; Dahlström, N.; Norgren, L.; Persson, A; Larsson, E.-M.; Dahlström, N
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
Acta Radiologica;Mar2003, Vol. 44 Issue 2, p177
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
journal article
ABSTRACT
Purpose: 1) To compare measurements obtained with MR imaging (MRI)/contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CE MRA) with measurements obtained with angiography (DSA) and CT, for stent-graft sizing of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). 2) To compare MRA measurements obtained with the two post processing techniques MIP (maximum intensity projection) and VRT (3D volume rendering technique). Material and Methods: The prospective study included 20 consecutive patients with AAA identified by DSA and CT as suitable for endovascular repair. For the study, MRI/CE MRA was performed. Five measurement variables for stent-graft sizing were chosen. Comparisons were made between MRI/CE MRA, DSA and CT, and between observers. Comparisons were also made between MIP and VRT. Results: Significantly shorter lengths were obtained with MRA-MIP than with DSA. Three out of six diameter measurements were significantly smaller on MRI/CE MRA than on DSA and CT. No significant differences were found between the observers. One diameter measurement was significantly smaller on MIP than on VRT, while the other measurements showed no significant differences. Conclusion: The length measurements obtained with MRA-MIP were probably more correct than those with DSA. For more reliable diameter measurements with CE MRA, improvements of the technique, including VRT reconstructions and a standardized determination of the vessel boundaries, are needed.
ACCESSION #
9510396

 

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