black blood magnetic resonance imaging
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Related to black blood magnetic resonance imaging: Magnetic resonance imaging scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
black blood magnetic resonance imagingAbbreviation: BB-MR
Imaging of arterial walls with magnetic resonance for evidence of atherosclerosis. Blood flow normally gives off a bright signal during magnetic resonance imaging but can be made to appear dark to distinguish it from the walls of the surrounding blood vessels. This enhancement in magnetic resonance imaging can be used noninvasively to show where arteries are obstructed and to determine the components of the plaque in those arteries.
See also: imaging
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