Transluminal color-coded three-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography for visualization of signal intensity distribution pattern within an unruptured cerebral aneurysm: preliminarily assessment with anterior communicating artery aneurysms

Neuroradiology. 2004 Aug;46(8):628-34. doi: 10.1007/s00234-004-1239-6. Epub 2004 Jul 8.


The natural history of unruptured cerebral aneurysm is not known; also unknown is the potential growth and rupture in any individual aneurysm. The authors have developed transluminal color-coded three-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) obtained by a time-of-flight sequence to investigate the interaction between the intra-aneurysmal signal intensity distribution patterns and configuration of unruptured cerebral aneurysms. Transluminal color-coded images were reconstructed from volume data of source magnetic resonance angiography by using a parallel volume-rendering algorithm with transluminal imaging technique. By selecting a numerical threshold range from a signal intensity opacity chart of the three-dimensional volume-rendering dataset several areas of signal intensity were depicted, assigned different colors, and visualized transparently through the walls of parent arteries and an aneurysm. Patterns of signal intensity distribution were analyzed with three operated cases of an unruptured anterior communicating artery aneurysm and compared with the actual configurations observed at microneurosurgery. A little difference in marginal features of an aneurysm was observed; however, transluminal color-coded images visualized the complex signal intensity distribution within an aneurysm in conjunction with aneurysmal geometry. Transluminal color-coded three-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography can thus provide numerical analysis of the interaction between spatial signal intensity distribution patterns and aneurysmal configurations and may offer an alternative and practical method to investigate the patient-specific natural history of individual unruptured cerebral aneurysms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anterior Cerebral Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Anterior Cerebral Artery / physiopathology
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation
  • Color
  • Endothelium, Vascular / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional*
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Reproducibility of Results