MR Visualization of Aortic Valve Vegetations

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The purpose of this report is to describe the MR findings of aortic vegetations in two patients.


MR imaging using SE and fast GE (Fastcard) sequences was performed in the axial and coronal planes.


The vegetations were not visible with SE MRI, but were clearly visible with fast GE imaging (Fastcard). The vegetations appeared as areas of low signal at valve leaflets in contrast to the bright flowing blood.


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