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      Magnetic Resonance Angiography as a Technique for the Visualization of Hemodialysis Shunts

      Nephron

      S. Karger AG

      Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Magnetic resonance angiography, Time-of-fiight technique, Hemodialysis shunts

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          In order to test the suitability of magnetic resonance angiography for the visualization of Brescia-Cimino hemodialysis shunts, 20 patients (8 women, 12 men, aged 24-69 years) were examined with this technique. The shunt arm was placed in an extremity coil. The time-of-flight method was applied. Examination time was less than 15 min. Arterial digital subtraction angiography (DSA) of the shunt arm was carried out additionally in 8 patients in whom pathological results had been obtained. Surgery was performed on 2 patients. In all cases, the feeding artery, anastomosis, and shunt were clearly visible. The results corresponded exactly to those of DSA and, in the patients who had undergone surgery, also to the situs. The patients stated that the examination technique was not very disturbing. Magnetic resonance angiography in the time-of-flight technique seems to be recommendable for the examination of Brescia-Cimino dialysis shunts. Compared to DSA, it has major advantages: it is noninvasive, and no ionizing radiation or contrast medium are associated with the procedure.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1996
          1996
          19 December 2008
          : 73
          : 1
          : 73-78
          Article
          189003 Nephron 1996;73:73–78
          10.1159/000189003
          8742961
          © 1996 S. Karger AG, Basel

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