Dynamic MR angiography (MRA) of spinal vascular diseases at 3T

Eur Radiol. 2010 Oct;20(10):2491-5. doi: 10.1007/s00330-010-1815-6. Epub 2010 May 16.


Spinal magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is difficult to perform because of the size of the spinal cord vessels. High-field MR improves resolution and imaging speed. We examined 17 patients with spinal vascular diseases with dynamic contrast-enhanced three-dimensional MR sequences. In three patients, the artery of Adamkievicz could be seen; we could also detect all arteriovenous malformations and dural fistulas. MRA has the potential to replace diagnostic spinal angiography and the latter should be used only for therapeutic purposes.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / pathology*
  • Central Nervous System Vascular Malformations / diagnosis
  • Central Nervous System Vascular Malformations / pathology*
  • Contrast Media / pharmacology
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Spinal Cord / blood supply
  • Spine / pathology*


  • Contrast Media