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Acad Radiol. 1995 Oct;2(10):851-8.

Tumor angiography using high-resolution, three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging: comparison of gadopentetate dimeglumine and a macromolecular blood-pool contrast agent.

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Department of Radiology, University Hospital, Mainz, Germany.

Abstract

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES:

We compared the peritumoral vascular definition in rats using either a paramagnetic extracellular or a macromolecular contrast medium in combination with high-resolution magnetic resonance (MR) imaging.

METHODS:

High-resolution, three-dimensional spoiled gradient-refocused acquisition in a steady state (SPGR) images were acquired from tumor-bearing Fischer-344 rats before, immediately after, and again 40 min after administration of gadopentetate dimeglumine (0.1 mmol Gd/kg; n = 10) and albumin-(Gd-DTPA)30 (0.05 mmol Gd/kg; n = 5). Small peritumoral vessels were analyzed semiquantitatively on maximum intensity projection angiograms using a 4-point scoring system; quantitative analyses included signal-to-background ratios (SBRs) and signal-to-noise ratios.

RESULTS:

Gadopentetate dimeglumine caused a transient and low-scoring (0.2 +/- 0.1, SBR = 1.9 +/- 0.2) vessel definition but strong rim enhancement (score = 1.4 +/- 0.2). Albumin-(Gd-DTPA)30 produced persistent, high-quality angiograms (score = 2.6 +/- 0.2, SBR = 7.4 +/- 0.2) but minimal rim enhancement (score = 0.3 +/- 0.2).

CONCLUSION:

Albumin-(Gd-DTPA)30 combined with high-resolution MR imaging produces time-persistent, detailed angiographic definition of peritumoral vessels. Vascular maps obtained with gadopentetate dimeglumine enhancement are not time persistent or of equal quality.

PMID:
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