University of Wisconsin–Madison

Functional Magnetic Resonance Angiography (fMRA) of the Brain

The PI of this project is: Patrick Turski MD, FACR

This project is funded by: NIH

The term of this project is: December 2010 to May 2011

The number of subjects scanned during this project is: 70

Functional Magnetic Resonance Angiography (fMRA) is a method to visualize the vascular structures of the brain. We have developed a novel technique that has benefits over current methods in that it covers the entire brain and provides temporal information, high spatial resolution and flow dynamics. It is of minimal risk compared to conventional catheter-based x-ray angiography and is thus better suited for the evaluation of atherosclerotic disease in elderly patients. It is a major advance in the evaluation of patients with atherosclerotic disease, brain aneurysms, and vascular malformations, which are the leading causes of stoke in the US.