CT vs Magnetic Resonance for Imaging of the Coronary Arteries

  • Armin Huber
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)


Coronary arteries are small tortuous vessels with physiological motion by respiratory motion and cardiac contraction. The noninvasive imaging of normal and diseased coronary arteries by magnetic resonance (MR) angiography has undergone numerous technical improvements since its introduction in 1993. Early coronary MR techniques used a combination of segmental acquisition of the k-space data and breath-holding. More recent techniques allow use of both electrocardiogram (ECG) triggering and respiratory gating, eliminating the need for patient breath-holding. Thus the acquisition time can be longer than a single breath-hold, and spatial resolution can be increased substantially. Three generations of MR coronary angiography techniques have been described and can be used with or without contrast agents.


Magnetic Resonance Angiography Compute Tomography Coronary Angiography Respiratory Gating Conventional Coronary Angiography Coronary Artery Stenos 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Armin Huber
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical RadiologyUniverity of MunichMunichGermany

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