Combining IR heat enhancement and a 3D TOF MRA sequence makes it feasible to visualize a large number of facial arteries in a radiation-free, contrast-free, and non-invasive way. This thermally enhanced 3D TOF MRA imaging technique may provide a solution for acquiring much-needed information about the patient’s individual anatomy in order to better plan and execute aesthetic and reconstructive procedures in the face, such as filler injections.
Infrared Thermally Enhanced 3D TOF MOTSA MR Angiography for Visualizing the Arteries of the Face
Marc Mespreuve, M.D., Ph.D.1; Karl Waked, M.D.2; Yannick De Brucker, M.D.3; Greta Vandemaele, Ph.D.4; Benoit Hendrickx, M.D., Ph.D.5
1Department of Medical Imaging, University Hospital Ghent, Belgium; AZ St Maarten, Mechelen, Belgium
2Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital Brussels, Belgium
3Department of Medical Imaging, University Hospital Brussels, Belgium
4Siemens Healthineers, MR Applications, Huizingen, Belgium
5University Hospital Brussels, and AZ Zeno, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Professor Dr Marc Mespreuve, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Medical Imaging
University Hospital Ghent
Corneel Heymanslaan 10
A.Z. St. Maarten