Objectives. To review basic principles of Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Angiography and to present its clinical values in comparison to these other non-invasive vascular imaging techniques.
Review. Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Angiography is one of the most advanced and accurate non-invasive modalities in the assessment of vascular structures. Due to its high contrast and spatial resolution, a large field of view and a very short acquisition time, the method is very useful in the examination of carotid arteries, being complementary to the Doppler imaging.
Conclusions. In comparison with Computerized Tomography Angiography there is no risk of potential hazardous effects of ionizing radiation or severe side effects of iodinated contrast media.