PURPOSE: To test the hypothesis that magnetic resonance (MR) digital subtraction angiography is superior to two-dimensional time of flight (TOF) MR angiography for demonstration of patient arteries in the distal lower extremity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-seven lower extremities in 23 consecutive patients were imaged with two-dimensional TOF MR angiography and two dimensional MR digital subtraction angiography images were interpreted in a randomized and blinded manner. Each lower extremity was subdivided into seven potential arterial segments. The number of digital arteries visualized was also determined. OVerall image quality of MR digital subtraction and TOF angiograms was compared. The relative ability of MR digital subtraction angiography and TOF MR angiography to demonstrate patent arterial segments was assessed. RESULTS: MR digital subtraction and angiography was significantly superior to TOF MR angiography for demonstration of patent arterial segments and digital arteries (P < .001). MR digital subtraction angiographic images were qualitatively superior to TOF images (P < .001). CONCLUSION: Two-dimensional MR digital subtraction angiography is superior to two-dimensional TOF MR angiography for help in identifying patent segments in the distal lower extremity.
- Arteries, extremities
- Arteries, MR
- Arteries, stenosis or obstruction
- Magnetic resonance (MR), vascular studies
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology