Prospective Evaluation of High-Resolution MRI Using Gadofosveset for Stent-Graft Planning: Comparison With CT Angiography in 30 Patients.

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Nov;197(5):1251-7


OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to compare high-resolution gadofosveset-enhanced MR angiography (MRA) with the reference standard CT angiography (CTA) in planning endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Thirty consecutive patients were included in this prospective study. CTA was performed routinely before EVAR for stent-graft implantation planning and selection. In addition, first-pass and, after a delay of 10 minutes, steady-state MRA were performed using the blood pool contrast agent gadofosveset for study purposes. Standard diameter and length parameters for stent-graft evaluation rendered from CTA and MRA were compared. According to the results of MRA measurements, stent-grafts were selected for each patient and compared with the device actually implanted. Image quality was assessed using subjective image quality parameters.

RESULTS: Diameter and length measurements showed small but significant differences (p < 0.001) between MRA and CTA. Stent-graft selection according to these measurements showed 100% concordance between both modalities. Subjective imaging parameters showed significantly better results for CTA compared with MRA (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSION: In this study, MRA using a blood pool contrast agent has shown the ability to provide reliable and exact measurements before EVAR, allowing noninvasive planning of the intervention despite lower image-quality and without the disadvantages of ionizing radiation and nephrotoxicity.
Accepted November 01, 2011

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Keywords: abdominal aneurysm, aortic aneurysm, endovascular repair, MR angiography, MRA, blood pool contrast agent, gadofosveset, Ablavar
Created 01/11/2011 Last updated 15/02/2012