To evaluate the efficacy and reliability of 3D time-of-flight MR angiography (TOF MRA) as a noninvasive procedure, 27 patients with acute subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) were studied with MRA immediately before or after intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (DSA). 3DTOF MRA was performed with an axial slab of 60 mm centred on the circle of Willis and isotropic voxels. DSA showed 22 aneurysms and 1 dural arteriovenous fistula in 21 patients; the aneurysms ranged in size from 2 to 8 mm. MRA failed to show 2 small aneurysms, at the origin of the posterior and anterior communicating arteries. The 3D display of the intracranial vessels obtained with maximum intensity projection (MIP) or targetted MIP sometimes rendered the aneurysms better than DSA. However, due to its high spatial resolution, DSA more clearly defined the overall anatomy of the walls of the normal and abnormal vessels.
- Digital subtraction angiography
- Magnetic resonance angiography
- Subarachnoid haemorrhage
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Clinical Neurology