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The use of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of suspected giant cell arteritis
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    MRI has great potential to assist in diagnosis of giant cell arteritis
    • Thorsten A. Bley, Department of Radiology
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      • Markus Uhl, Michael Markl, and Oliver Wieben


    With great interest we read the letter by Brannan et al, "The use of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of suspected giant cell arteritis" (BJO 2004;88:1595). The authors conclude that MRI scanning is unable to distinguish between a normal and an unaffected artery and that there is no potential for the use of MRI scanning without contrast enhancement in the evaluation of patients with giant cell art...

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