High-resolution three-dimensional 3 T magnetic resonance angiography for the evaluation of experimental aneurysm in the rabbit

Sherif, Camillo; Marbacher, Serge; Fandino, Javier (2009). High-resolution three-dimensional 3 T magnetic resonance angiography for the evaluation of experimental aneurysm in the rabbit. Neurological research, 31(8), pp. 869-72. Leeds: Maney 10.1179/174313209X393979

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OBJECTIVE: The standard technique of two-dimensional intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (2D-DSA) for the imaging of experimental rabbit aneurysms is invasive and has considerable surgical risks. Therefore, minimally invasive techniques ideally providing three-dimensional imaging for intervention planning and follow-up are needed. This study evaluates the feasibility and quality of three-dimensional 3-T magnetic resonance angiography (3D-3T-MRA) and compares 3D-3T-MRA with 2D-DSA in experimental aneurysms in the rabbit. METHOD: Three microsurgically created aneurysms in three rabbits were evaluated using 2D-DSA and 3D-3T-MRA. Imaging of the aneurysms was performed 2 weeks after creation using 2D-DSA and contrast-enhanced (CE) MRA. Measurements included aneurysm dome (length and width) and aneurysm neck. Aneurysm volumes were determined using CE-MRA. RESULTS: The measurements of the aneurysms' dimensions and the evaluation of vicinity vessels with both techniques showed a good correlation. The mean aneurysm length, aneurysm width and neck width measured with DSA (6.9, 4.1 and 2.8 mm, respectively) correlated with the measurements performed in 3D-3T-MRA (6.9, 4 and 2.5 mm, respectively). The mean aneurysm volumes measured with CE-MRA was 46.7 mm(3). CONCLUSION: 3D-3T CE-MRA is feasible and less invasive and is a safer imaging alternative to DSA for experimental aneurysm. Additionally, aneurysm technique this precise offers the possibility of repetitive 3D aneurysm volumetry for long-term follow-up studies after endovascular aneurysm occlusion.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurosurgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic of Intensive Care

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Marbacher, Serge and Fandino, Javier








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04 Oct 2013 15:13

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