Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Angiography and Standard Angiography in Diagnosing Atherosclerosis
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00001946|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 19, 2000
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
This study will evaluate ways to improve magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) for diagnosing atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries).
MRA is a new method for looking at arteries and veins without standard angiography, which requires inserting a catheter into a blood vessel, injecting a contrast material, and obtaining X-ray images. Current MRA techniques, however, do not depict the lumen (cavity) of small vessels well enough to accurately determine the extent of their narrowing. This study will test image processing methods with the eventual goal of improving MRA accuracy to the point that it can replace X-ray catheter angiography for diagnosing atherosclerotic disease.
Patients with atherosclerosis who have had conventional angiography at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, may be considered for this study. They will be screened with a brief history and physical examination, and those enrolled will have a MRA scan within 72 hours of their conventional angiogram. For this procedure, a catheter is placed in a vein in the patient's arm and the patient lies on a table that slides into a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner-a large donut-shaped machine with a magnetic field. Surface coils-flexible, padded antennae used to improve the quality of the pictures-are wrapped around the patient's legs. At times during the scan, the patient is asked to hold his or her breath for several seconds, and a contrast material called gadolinium is injected through the catheter in the vein. This substance enhances the images of blood flow in the vessels. The procedure generally takes about an hour and a half, although the actual imaging takes only a small part of that time.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Atherosclerosis||Procedure: Magnetic resonance angiography||Phase 1|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||40 participants|
|Official Title:||A Comparison of Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) and Conventional Angiography in the Diagnosis of Atherosclerotic Disease: A Pilot Study|
|Study Start Date :||December 1999|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||September 2002|
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00001946
|United States, Maryland|
|Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center (CC)|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|