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J Neuroradiol. 2001 Jun;28(2):75-83.

[Comparison of MRA and angiography in the follow-up of intracranial aneurysms treated with GDC].

[Article in French]

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Service de Neuroradiologie, CHRU Dijon Hôpital Général, BP 1519, 3, rue du Faubourg Raines, 21033 Dijon Cedex.



Evaluation of TOF 3D MRA compared to angiography in the follow-up of intracranial aneurysms treated by Guglielmi detachable coils (GDC).


and method: Prospective analysis of follow-up MRA and angiographies for 20 patients with 22 aneurysms. There were 2 MRAs for 3 aneurysms giving a total of 25 cases.


A poor correlation between MRA and angiography was observed in 21 cases of 25. For 9 cases, stable exclusion (95-100%) visible on MRA was confirmed by angiography. For 12 other cases, a residual flow within the aneurysmal neck or a residual flow between coils was detected by MRA and confirmed by angiography. A poor correlation was found in 4 cases out of 25: 3 residual flows within the aneurysmal neck and 1 residual flow within the coil mass not visible on MRA. MRA has a sensibility of 75% for the detection of an anomaly, a specificity of 100%, a positive predictive value of 100% and a negative predictive value of 69.2%. MRA is able to detect a large residual flow within aneurysmal neck and a re-growth, which would need a second embolization. Anomalies not visible on MRA as observed in our study, residual flow within the coil mass and the aneurysmal neck, do not require complementary treatment.


A normal TOF 3D MRA can avoid an angiography in the follow-up of an intracranial aneurysm treated by GDC.

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