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AJR Am J Roentgenol 1997 Dec;169(6):1735-42

Coarctation of the aorta: collateral flow assessment with phase-contrast MR angiography.

Julsrud PR, Breen JF, Felmlee JP, Warnes CA, Connolly HM, Schaff HV

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this report is to describe a new use of MR imaging in coarctation of the aorta. The specific question addressed was how well collateral blood flow in intercostal arteries, as determined by phase-contrast MR angiography, correlated with findings during surgery or catheterization in patients with coarctation of the aorta. CONCLUSION: Phase-contrast MR angiography is an excellent technique for detecting the presence or absence of collateral blood flow in the intercostal arteries of patients with coarctation of the aorta. Knowing whether collateral blood flow is present in patients with narrowing of the juxtaductal aorta should help assess the clinical hemodynamic significance of the coarctation.

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