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Title: Appearance of the normal pericardium on coronary MR angiograms
Authors: Bogaert, Jan ×
Duerinckx, A J #
Issue Date: Sep-1995
Series Title: Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI vol:5 issue:5 pages:579-87
Abstract: We evaluated the appearance of the normal pericardium on breath-hold MR images used to visualize coronary arteries. A coronary MR angiogram was obtained in 23 subjects (17 healthy volunteers and six patients with no known pericardial disease) using a breath-hold K-space segmented gradient-recalled echo sequence with fat suppression. Each coronary MR angiographic study included imaging planes equivalent to the following echocardiographic planes: four-chamber view, vertical two-chamber view, and two short-axis views (at base and mid ventricular level). The average pericardial thickness was 1.7 mm (range, 1.5-2.0 mm), and an average length of 60 mm (range, 20-110 mm) of pericardium was visualized. A significantly longer portion of the pericardium was seen in the vertical two-chamber view and the basal short-axis view than in the two other views (P < .001). Normal anatomic variations and overlapping structures and image artifacts can alter the appearance of the pericardium. Breath-hold MR imaging techniques used for coronary MR angiography allow routine, time-efficient evaluation of large portions of the pericardium.
ISSN: 1053-1807
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Radiology
Translational MRI (+)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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