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COVER ILLUSTRATIONS: The upper figure was produced by rapid volumetric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) after injection of a paramagnetic contrast agent and shows vessel anatomy, kidney perfusion, and ureters (bright). The contrast agent causes urine and blood to produce different magnetic resonance signals. (Illustration courtesy of George Holland, University of Pennsylvania and General Electric Medical Systems.) The lower illustration, an example of modern non-invasive computed tomography (CT), shows calcium deposits in the aorta (center of image) and the blood vessel anatomy. It was produced using rapid data collection via spiral CT with injected contrast material. (Illustration courtesy of Siemens Medical Systems.)