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Table 1 Components of the CMR Examination of Vasculitis

From: CMR in inflammatory vasculitis

Technique Comments
PRECONTRAST
Dark blood stacks typically in axial, coronal and sagittal planes e.g. HASTE Provides vessel wall imaging as well as complementary information to CE-MRA regarding lumen
Noncontrast bright blood stack(s) e.g. SSFP  
CONTRAST  
3D contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography e.g. spoiled gradient echo Appropriate vasculature should be covered depending on clinical questions and known or suspected diagnosis (see Table 2)
POSTCONTRAST  
T1-weighted vessel wall imaging e.g. VIBE or FAME Additional vessel wall imaging, particularly useful to delineate thickening and thrombus
CARDIAC ACQUISITIONS  
Multiplane cine imaging e.g. SSFP Aortic valve velocity-encoded cine Myocardial imaging: T2 precontrast, T1W early post contrast, late post-gadolinium imaging May be appropriate when aortic root disease involves the aortic valve or when myocardial inflammation is suspected, particularly in small-vessel vasculitides