Basics of magnetic resonance imaging

Semin Vasc Surg. 2004 Jun;17(2):66-82. doi: 10.1053/j.semvascsurg.2004.03.011.


In clinical diagnostic imaging there has been a rapid evolution of nuclear magnetic resonance techniques. A subset of these has proven particularly powerful when applied to the arena of noninvasive vascular imaging. This article will serve as a primer for practitioners with little prior background in magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). It will develop the first principles of magnetic resonance image creation, and establish familiarity with current imaging applications of the thoracic, abdominal, and peripheral vasculature.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography / methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*