Purpose: To create a whole-body cardiovascular MRI protocol with parallel imaging (iPAT).
Material and methods: Twenty two persons participated in the whole body scan. Due to iPAT high resolution imaging of the heart could be performed. 3D contrast enhanced MR angiography (3D-CE-MRA) took only 62 s to cover the whole body at a spatial resolution of less than 1.4x1.0x1.5mm(3). Scan time for HASTE lung imaging could be reduced by the factor of 2 while maintaining the signal to noise ratio (SNR). Image quality was rated by 2 radiologists blinded to each other.
Results: Mean scan time was 104 min on the standard system and less than 80 min on the new system. 75% of all MRA segments were rated good in terms of vessel conspicuity, more than 80% had no venous overlay. One case of distal occlusion of the anterior tibial artery and two cases of myocardial infarction were detected.
Conclusion: Parallel imaging offers the possibility of fast whole body imaging. A combination of morphologic and functional imaging can be performed within less than 80 min.