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Spinal vascular malformation on Ingenia 3.0T

Case Study
Casselman, Jan, M.D., Ph.D. AZ St-Jan AV Brugge • Belgium

MR examination

A patient with spinal vascular malformation underwent MRI at AZ St.-Jan in Bruges, Belgium.

The examination was done on Ingenia 3.0T using the dS HeadNeckSpine coil.

Images and findings



A nidus is seen in the cauda equina at level L3 and feeding and draining vessels can be seen along the surface of the conus up to level Th11.


The nidus has a lower signal intensity than the CSF on the T2W image and is strongly enhancing on the Gd-enhanced T1W image. The nidus and feeding/draining vessels can also be seen on the Gd-enhanced MR angiography image.


Spinal vascular malformation.

Clinical impact of using Ingenia 3.0T

The Ingenia 3.0T system and its high SNR allow high spatial and contrast resolution imaging (thin slices) in a short time.

We can acquire beautiful MR angiography of the spine. Spinal MRA became possible thanks to the high homogeneity of the Ingenia 3.0T system and its high SNR, which allows high spatial and contrast resolution imaging (thin slices) in a short time.

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Case Study
Ingenia 3.0T
dS HeadNeckSpine coil, dStream, Lumbar spine, MRA, Neuro, Spine, Thoracic spine, Vascular, vascular malformation

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