Vascular magnetic resonance angiography techniques

Anderson H. Kuo, Prashant Nagpal, Brian B. Ghoshhajra, Sandeep S. Hedgire


Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) denotes a unique option for the evaluation of peripheral vasculature due to its noninvasive nature, lack of ionizing radiation exposure, potential for non-contrast examination, and ability for generating volumetric representations that showcase vascular pathology. The constant evolution of the available MRA techniques, however, makes understanding and determining an optimal imaging protocol difficult. Here we present a brief overview of the major MRA sequence options, their major weaknesses and strengths, and related imaging considerations. Understanding the technical underpinnings of the various MRA methods helps with recognition of common imaging issues and artifacts and rendering clinically relevant interpretations.