Contrast-Enhanced MR Angiography of the Coronary Arteries
X-ray angiography is the current gold standard for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, X-ray angiography is an invasive and costly procedure associated with a small but definite morbidity and mortality. There is a clear need for a noninvasive and more reliable method of directly detecting functionally significant CAD. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) overcomes a lot of the problems associated with X-ray angiography and has shown great advantages for the diagnosis of CAD. In addition to being noninvasive, radiation free, and cost-effective, it can provide functional, hemodynamic, and metabolic data as well as anatomical images in the same setting for a comprehensive exam of CAD.
KeywordsEcho Planar Imaging Significant Coronary Artery Disease Free Breathing Gadobenate Dimeglumine Blood Pool Contrast Agent