, Volume 47, Issue 10, pp 780–791 | Cite as

The role of contrast-enhanced MR angiography in the assessment of recently ruptured intracranial aneurysms: a comparative study

  • Ercument UnluEmail author
  • Bilge Cakir
  • Burak Gocer
  • Nermin Tuncbilek
  • Murat Gedikoglu
Interventional Neuroradiology


We evaluated contrast-enhanced MR angiography (MRA) for the identification of recently ruptured cerebral aneurysms. We studied 23 aneurysms in 18 patients (age range 34–72 years) with aneurysms of the anterior (n=17) and posterior (n=6) circulation by comparing 3D time-of-flight (TOF), contrast-enhanced MRA and digital subtraction angiography (DSA). In four of 23 aneurysms, 3D-TOF did not show the lesion. Contrast-enhanced MRA successfully depicted all aneurysms except one. T1 contamination artefacts from subarachnoid or intraparenchymal haemorrhages were evident on the 3D-TOF images in six cases. The artefacts were completely eliminated on the contrast-enhanced MRA images by subtraction of the pre-contrast images. The diagnostic information in patients with subarachnoid haemorrhages (SAHs) provided by contrast-enhanced MRA was comparable to that provided by DSA.


Subarachnoid haemorrhage Ruptured aneurysm Intracranial Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography Time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography Digital subtraction angiography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ercument Unlu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bilge Cakir
    • 1
  • Burak Gocer
    • 1
  • Nermin Tuncbilek
    • 1
  • Murat Gedikoglu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyTrakya University School of MedicineEdirneTurkey

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