MRI for peripheral artery disease: Introductory physics for vascular physicians

Trisha L. Roy, Thomas L. Forbes, Andrew D. Dueck, Graham A. Wright

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has advanced significantly in the past decade and provides a safe and non-invasive method of evaluating peripheral artery disease (PAD), with and without using exogenous contrast agents. MRI offers a promising alternative for imaging patients but the complexity of MRI can make it less accessible for physicians to understand or use. This article provides a brief introduction to the technical principles of MRI for physicians who manage PAD patients. We discuss the basic principles of how MRI works and tailor the discussion to how MRI can evaluate anatomic characteristics of peripheral arterial lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-162
Number of pages10
JournalVascular Medicine (United Kingdom)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • angiography
  • magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • medical education
  • peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • vascular imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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