High-resolution MRI of basilar atherosclerosis: three-dimensional acquisition and FLAIR sequences


  • Turan receives funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (K23 NS069668) for HRMRI research in ICAD. This research has also been supported by the MUSC Center for Advanced Imaging Research (CAIR) and the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research (SCTR) Institute, with an academic home at the Medical University of South Carolina, through NIH Grant Numbers UL1 RR029882 and UL1 TR000062.


Tanya N. Turan, 19 Hagood Ave, Suite 501 Harborview Office Tower, Charleston, SC 29425. Tel: 843-792-3020; Fax: 843-792-2484; E-mail: turan@musc.edu


This case report describes the use of high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HRMRI) to visualize basilar artery atherosclerotic plaque in a patient with a pontine stroke. HRMRI with three-dimensional image acquisition was used to visualize plaque in several planes to localize arterial wall pathology. Fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) sequences of the basilar artery showed wall thickening throughout the basilar artery wall and good contrast between the artery wall and cerebrospinal fluid.