The Value of Comparison with Four Dimension Time Resolved Imaging of Contrast Kinetics(TRICKS) MRA by Time of Flight(TOF) MRA

4차원 TRICKS 자기공명혈관조영술과 기존 TOF 자기공명혈관조영술의 비교 및 유용성

  • 배성진 (계명대학교 동산병원 영상의학과) ;
  • 임청환 (한서대학교 방사선학과) ;
  • 박병래 (백석문화대학 방사선과) ;
  • 신운재 (동의과학대학 방사선과) ;
  • 김정삼 (목포과학대학 방사선과)
  • Received : 2009.10.13
  • Accepted : 2009.11.26
  • Published : 2010.03.28


To assess the clinical value of time resolved imaging of contrast kinetics(TRICKS) MRA by comparison with conventional time of flight(TOF) MR angiography. Both TOF-MRA and TRICKS-MRA were performed in 17 patients with cerebrovascular disease and in 6 patients with brain tumor. Among 17 cerebraovascular patients, digital subtraction angiography(DSA) data were also obtained in 11 patients. TOF-MRA showed good spatial resolution but short in temporal resolution. Although TRICKS-MRA showed somewhat low spatial resolution, it showed superior temporal resolution by distinguishing vessel and tumor in all patients. Also, from the analysis of vessel-tumor relationship, TRICKS-MRA showed better performance than TOF-MRA. TRICKS-MRA makes it possible to image arterial, capillary and venous phase sequentially with very speedy manner and therefore, the clinical use of this method is highly suggestive for future use.


MR Angiography;Four Dimension(4D);Spatial Resolution;Temporal Resolution;Brain Tumor


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