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J Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 Nov;30(5):1179-83. doi: 10.1002/jmri.21942.

Imaging of the walls of saccular cerebral aneurysms with double inversion recovery black-blood sequence.

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Department of Radiology, Jeju National University College of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.


In this study, we evaluated the wall of saccular cerebral aneurysms (SCAs) using two-dimensional double inversion recovery black-blood sequence (BBDI). We examined 14 patients with an unruptured SCA (USCA). The BBDI was peripheral-pulse gated, and was acquired during the mid-diastolic period. We evaluated whether the aneurysmal wall could be visualized with BBDI, and the wall thickness in the neck and dome portion of the aneurysm was measured in cases with acceptable imaging quality. BBDI demonstrated the USCA walls in ten patients. In four patients, the USCA walls were poorly delineated from the adjacent brain parenchyma or cerebrospinal fluid. The mean aneurysm size was 8.0 mm. The mean thickness of the aneurysmal wall in the neck portion was 0.60 +/- 0.13 mm in 10 cases. The mean thickness at the dome portion was 0.46 +/- 0.05 mm in five cases. In this study, BBDI revealed some portion of the USCA wall, despite the limited spatial and contrast resolution for delineation of the entire USCA wall. In our opinion, this technique may be used as an additional imaging tool for the evaluation of the aneurysmal wall.

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