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Peripheral Vessel Scout Imaging Based on Continuously Moving Table Acquisition of Projection Data

Baumann, Sandra PhD*; Euringer, Wulf MD; Markl, Michael PhD‡§; Blanke, Philipp MD; Ludwig, Ute PhD*; Baumann, Tobias MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: September/October 2012 - Volume 36 - Issue 5 - p 591–595
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e3182673a1c
Vascular Imaging

Abstract: A fast and spatially seamless peripheral vessel scout is desirable for subsequent planning of magnetic resonance (MR) angiography. We implemented a continuously moving table sequence providing projection data with time-of-flight contrast of the entire lower extremities in less than 2 minutes. Variation of arterial signal during the cardiac cycle and autocorrelation were exploited to enhance vessel-to-background contrast. Subjective image analysis revealed excellent vessel depiction, indicating that the proposed scout allows for seamless expedited visualization of major arterial structures.

From the *Departments of Radiology, Medical Physics, and †Radiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; ‡Department of Radiology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; and §Department of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Received for publication May 29, 2012; accepted June 28, 2012.

Reprints: Tobias Baumann, MD, Department of Radiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Hugstetter Straße 55, 79106 Freiburg, Germany (e-mail:

This project was supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) under grants WI 2682/1-1 and LU 1187/1-2.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.