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Pulmonary MRA

  • James F. M. Meaney
  • Peter Beddy
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Abstract

Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is an effective tool for evaluation of the pulmonary vasculature (Schoepf and Meaney, CT and MR Angiography: Comprehensive Vascular Assessment, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2008). The most common indication for pulmonary vascular imaging is suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), nonetheless virtually all disorders of the pulmonary vasculature can be assessed (Schoepf and Meaney, CT and MR Angiography: Comprehensive Vascular Assessment, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2008). In addition, the ability to evaluate pulmonary ventilation and perfusion, and to assess right ventricular function offers significant benefit over CT. Non-contrast approaches although currently limited compared to contrast-enhanced techniques potentially offer a truly non-invasive approach, and blood-pool agents may allow imaging at high resolution, even in patients with limited breath-hold capability.

Keywords

Pulmonary Vein Magnetic Resonance Angiography Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Pulmonary Vasculature Pulmonary Artery Sarcoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of RadiologySt. James’s HospitalDublin 8Ireland

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