Intracranial time-of-flight MR angiography at 7T with comparison to 3T

Cornelius Von Morze, Duan Xu, Derk D. Purcell, Christopher P. Hess, Pratik Mukherjee, David Saloner, Douglas A.C. Kelley, Daniel B. Vigneron

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Purpose: To establish the feasibility of intracranial time-of-flight (TOF) MR angiography (MRA) at 7T using phased array coils and to compare its performance to 3T. Materials and Methods: In an initial study, rive normal volunteers were scanned at 7T and 3T using eight-channel coils and standard acquisition parameters from a clinical TOF protocol. In a second study three additional studies were performed at 7T and 3T using empirically optimized 7T parameters. Contrast-to-noise (CNR) values were measured for major vessel segments. Results: All measurements documented CNR increases at 7T, with a mean increase of 83% in the initial study and 88% in the second study. The CNR values achieved using the latter protocol were similar to the values obtained in the initial study, despite the 42% reduction expected due to the higher spatial resolution. CNR in the smaller peripheral vessels was increased dramatically, resulting in excellent visualization at high resolution. Conclusion: TOF MRA at 7T demonstrated improved visualization of the intracranial vasculature, particularly the smaller peripheral vessels, and may benefit studies of small aneurysms, atherosclerosis, vasospasm, and vasculitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-904
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • 3T
  • 7T
  • Angiography
  • Intracranial
  • MRA
  • Time-of-flight


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