Three tesla magnetic resonance angiography with ultrashort echo time describes the arteries near the cerebral aneurysm with clip and the peripheral cerebral arteries

Masahito Katsuki, Norio Narita, Dan Ozaki, Yoshimichi Sato, Saki Iwata, Teiji Tominaga

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Abstract

Background: The assessment of the clipped cerebral aneurysm and the cerebral arteries after the treatment of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is important to find aneurysm regrowth or postoperative cerebral vasospasm. Usually, contrast-enhanced computed tomography angiography is performed for the evaluation of the arteries, but it has side effects of contrast medium. Time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a fast and non-invasive method, but clip-induced artifact limits assessment of the artery in the vicinity of the clip. 1.5T MRA with ultrashort echo time (UTE) reduces metal artifact, but the obtained image is too rough to evaluate the aneurysm remnant, and the description range is too narrow to assess the cerebral vasospasm. We routinely use SIGNA Pioneer 3.0T (GE Healthcare Life Sciences, Buckinghamshire, England) and perform SILENT SCAN with UTE-MRA for the postoperative assessment of the clipped aneurysm and cerebral arteries for SAH patients treated by clipping. It has better image quality and describes arteries with a wide description range, so it possesses the potential to overcome the disadvantages of 1.5T UTE-MRA. Case Description: We presented a representative SAH patient who postoperatively underwent 3.0T UTE-MRA after clipping. The artery near the clipped aneurysm was evaluated in detail, and the cerebral arteries were described from the main trunk to the peripheral parts with a wide description range, which enabled the assessment of cerebral vasospasm. Conclusion: 3.0T UTE-MRA may be helpful for the usual assessment of the arteries after clipping and cerebral vasospasm in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number329
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 3 tesla
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Clipping
  • Magnetic resonance angiography
  • Ultrashort echo time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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