Peripheral Vascular Disease: Comparison of Continuous MR Angiography and Conventional MR Angiography—Pilot Study 1
The aim of this study was to prospectively assess the accuracy of three-dimensional magnetic resonance (MR) angiography for evaluation of stenosis in the peripheral arterial system with a continuous moving table technique, with conventional MR angiography as reference. This study was approved by the local institutional review board; informed consent was obtained. Five healthy male volunteers (mean age, 27 years; range, 24-35 years) and four men and one woman (mean age, 63 years; range, 46-78 years) with peripheral arterial occlusive disease were examined. Images obtained with both techniques showed excellent concordance (Cohen kappa = 0.75). Images obtained with a conventional protocol had higher quality compared with those obtained with the continuous technique (mean, 1.07 +/- 0.25 [standard deviation] vs 1.58 +/- 0.6; P < .05); small vessels appeared sharper on them. For detection of significant stenosis and occlusion, accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity of the continuous technique were 92.8%, 100%, and 89.2%, respectively.