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3.0T CE-MRA of Abdominal Aorta using SENSE Torso coil - Berlin

Nagel, Eike Berlin, German Heart Institute
Schnackenburg, Bernhard Philips Healthcare
Biedermann, Lyane Philips Healthcare

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ExamCard purpose

This ExamCard for Achieva 3.0T is used at the German Heart Institute (Deutsches Herzzentrum), Berlin; ® Dr. Eike Nagel, Bernhard Schnackenburg  

The ExamCard covers the aortic arch and abdominal aorta.


On a 3.0T system we optimized contrast between the vessel and surrounding tissue in a CE-MRA sequence. We found a good balance by decreasing the flip angle to 25 deg. and by using a reduced volume thickness (80 mm).

ExamCard Overview

Scan 1Survey
Scan 2Ref_STC
Scan 3Survey-Inflow
Scan 4CE_Aorta SENSE
Scan 5Bolus Timing
Scan 6CE_Aorta SENSE
Scan 7CE_Aorta SENSE

ExamCard images

CE-Aorta first dynamic
CE-Aorta first dynamic

Patient preparation

Prepare contrast injector.

Contrast agent / injection protocol

Single dose 0.6 M contrast agent with an injection speed of 2.5 ml/sec.


Because of the small volume thickness an exact planning of the position is necessary. Please use the MIP from the Inflow-Survey for planning.

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Nov 26, 2005

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Achieva 3.0T
Release 1
Thoracic MRA, Vascular

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