Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 364–368

Non-contrast MRA using an inflow-enhanced, inversion recovery SSFP technique in pediatric abdominal imaging

  • Suraj Serai
  • Alexander J. Towbin
  • Daniel J. Podberesky
Technical Innovation

DOI: 10.1007/s00247-011-2275-0

Cite this article as:
Serai, S., Towbin, A.J. & Podberesky, D.J. Pediatr Radiol (2012) 42: 364. doi:10.1007/s00247-011-2275-0

Abstract

Abdominal contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CE-MRA) is routinely performed in children. CE-MRA is challenging in children because of patient motion, difficulty in obtaining intravenous access, and the inability of young patients to perform a breath-hold during imaging. The combination of pediatric-specific difficulties in imaging and the safety concerns regarding the risk of gadolinium-based contrast agents in patients with impaired renal function has renewed interest in the use of non-contrast (NC) MRA techniques. At our institution, we have optimized 3-D NC-MRA techniques for abdominal imaging. The purpose of this work is to demonstrate the utility of an inflow-enhanced, inversion recovery balanced steady-state free precession-based (b-SSFP) NC-MRA technique.

Keywords

Noncontrast MRA Inhance Pediatric MRA Renal MRA 

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© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Suraj Serai
    • 1
  • Alexander J. Towbin
    • 1
  • Daniel J. Podberesky
    • 1
  1. 1.Radiology, MLC 5031Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA

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