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Interv Neuroradiol. 2002 Jun 30;8(2):169-81. Epub 2004 Oct 20.

PC-Based 3D Reconstruction of MR Angiography in Evaluation of Intracranial Aneurysms. The Value of Pre-Treatment Planning for Embolization and Post-Treatment Follow-up.

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Department of Radiology, Inha University College of Medicine; Incheon, Korea - hanmh@radcom.snu.ac.kr.

Abstract

In this study, we present our experiences of personal computer-based 3D reconstructions of MRA for pre-treatment planning and post-treatment follow-up for cerebral aneurysms. Twentynine ruptured or unruptured intracranial aneurysm patients with 36 intracranial aneurysms, who underwent embolization and pretreatment and/or follow up 3D MRA were included in this study. All 29 patients were examined by DSA and MRA before (18 patients, 24 aneurysms) and/or after embolization (16 patients, 17 aneurysms). The MRA source images were transported to a personal computer in DICOM format for viewing, post-processing, and 3D reconstruction. DSA and PC based SSD 3D MRA equally well demonstrated most aneurysms before embolization (17 patients, 22 aneurysms). The depiction of aneurysm morphology, neck evaluation and branch vessel interpretation were much easier on 3D MRA, which has the ability to manipulate images in real time. When the vascular anatomy was complicated by another vascular system, the anterior or posterior circulations were separately reconstructed easily by using PC based reconstruction software. The 3D MRA also well demonstrated post-embolization recurrence or remnant aneurysmal cavities. In one giant aneurysm, the 3D MRA was unable to show the entire aneurysmal sac due to a blood flow saturation effect, but this was resolved by additional contrast material injection. PC-based 3D MRA proved to be a useful tool for the pretreatment planning of embolization procedures and for follow up after treatment in the case of cerebral aneurysms.

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