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Radiology. 1999 Sep;212(3):896-902.

Pulmonary arterial resistance: noninvasive measurement with indexes of pulmonary flow estimated at velocity-encoded MR imaging--preliminary experience.

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Department of Cardiovascular Radiology, Hôpital Broussais, Paris, France.


Cardiac output and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) were measured in 19 patients by means of catheterization of the right side of the heart. Results were compared with the cardiac output and indexes of pulmonary arterial blood flow estimated with velocity-encoded magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Correlations were good between estimates with right-sided heart catheterization and those with velocity-encoded MR imaging. By providing accurate pulmonary arterial blood flow measurements, velocity-encoded MR imaging allowed distinction of patients with high PVR from subjects with normal PVR.

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