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ABSTRACT: We evaluated the detection of early venous filling of gliomas by 2D time resolved dynamic contrast enhanced MR digital subtraction angiography (MR-DSA) with echo-sharing technique and compared the results with those of conventional contrast digital subtraction angiography (C-DSA). C-DSA and MR-DSA examinations were performed in eight patients with malignant gliomas and compared with regard to the visualization of early filling veins; time intensity curves of arteries, early filling veins and normal veins were made, and rise time and time to peak were evaluated. MR-DSA visualized 12 out of 17 early filling veins depicted on C-DSA. The failure of five veins to be depicted may be due to the overlapping of other structures, such as other vessels and tumor stain. On time intensity curves, the mean difference in rise time was 0.9 sec between the artery and early filling vein, and the mean difference of time to peak was 1.6 sec. C-DSA has been the modality of choice in demonstrating early venous filling, a useful finding in the differential diagnosis of gliomas. However the high temporal resolution of MR-DSA with echo-sharing technique provides sufficient visualization of early venous filling of gliomas. Additional information for precise differential diagnosis may be obtained by adding MR-DSA to the imaging protocol for gliomas.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 12/2001; · 2.06 Impact Factor