Contrast-enhanced MR angiography of spinal vessels

Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2000 Aug;8(3):597-614.


Compared to routine spin-echo images, contrast-enhanced MR angiography provides improved characterization of the spinal vasculature. This technique can help narrow the differential diagnosis and guide further treatment in patients with radiculopathy or myelophathy. The most useful application to date has been in screening for spinal dural fistulae. The fast, three-dimensional method offers the possibility of distinguishing the largest spinal arteries and veins, although additional technical improvements and clinical experience are needed to accomplish this goal.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnosis*
  • Contrast Media
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Infarction / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography / methods*
  • Spinal Cord / blood supply*
  • Vascular Neoplasms / diagnosis*


  • Contrast Media