Iliac artery evaluation with two-dimensional time-of-flight MR angiography: Update

John J. Snidow, Veronica J. Harris, Matthew S. Johnson, Dolores F. Cikrit, Stephen G. Lalka, Alan P. Sawchuk, Scott O. Trerotola

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PURPOSE: To determine the accuracy of two-dimensional (2D) time-of-flight (TOF) magnetic resonance (MR) angiography, performed with state-of-the-art equipment, in the evaluation of the iliac arteries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The iliac arteries of 50 patients undergoing conventional arteriography for evaluation of lower-extremity ischemia or abdominal aortic aneurysm were also imaged with axial 2D TOF MR angiography. Blinded interpretations of conventional arteriograms and MR angiograms were compared. MR angiography was performed with a 1.5-T system with 2-mm contiguous axial sections, 60° flip angle, 28-msec repetition time, and 7.4-msec echo time. RESULTS: Blinded interpretations of 2D TOF MR angiograms matched those of conventional arteriograms in 26 of 50 patients (52%). For the diagnosis of obstructive iliac artery lesions, sensitivity and specificity with MR angiography were 85% and 59%, respectively. Two of three saccular iliac artery aneurysms escaped detection with MR angiography. CONCLUSION: Iliac artery evaluation with axial 2D TOF MR angiography is not sufficiently accurate to warrant its use as a replacement for conventional arteriography in patients who lack contraindications to the latter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-220
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


  • Angiography, comparative studies
  • Angiography, technology
  • Arteries, iliac, 984.721, 984.73, 986.721, 986.73
  • Magnetic resonance (MR), vascular studies, 984.12942, 986.12942

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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