Steady-state free precession sequences in myocardial first-pass perfusion MR imaging: Comparison with TurboFLASH imaging

Peter Hunold*, Stefan Maderwald, Holger Eggebrecht, Florian M. Vogt, Jörg Barkhausen

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit
38 Zitate (Scopus)

Abstract

The aim of this study was to compare the image quality of a saturation-recovery gradient-recalled echo (GRE; TurboFLASH) and a saturation-recovery SSFP (SR-True-FISP) sequence for myocardial first-pass perfusion MRI. Eight patients with chronic myocardial infarction and 8 volunteers were examined with a TurboFLASH (TR 2.1 ms, TE 1 ms, FA 8°) and a SR-TrueFISP sequence (TR 2.1 ms, TE 0.9 ms, FA, 50°) on a 1.5 T scanner. During injection of 0.05 mmol/kg BW Gd-DTPA at 4 ml/s, three short axis slices (8 mm) of the left ventricle (LV) were simultaneously scanned during breath-hold. Maximum signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) between infarcted and normal myocardium, and percentage signal intensity change (PSIC) were measured within the LV lumen and in four regions of the LV myocardium for the three slices separately. For the LV lumen, SR-True-FISP was superior in SNR and PSIC (factor 3.2 and 1.6, respectively). Mean maximum SNR, PSIC, and CNR during peak enhancement in the LV myocardium were higher for SR-TrueFISP compared with Turbo-FLASH (factor 2.4, 1.25, and 1.24, respectively). The SNR was higher in the septal portion of the ventricle than in anterior/posterior and lateral regions. The SR-TrueFISP provides higher SNR and improves image quality compared with TurboFLASH in first-pass myocardial perfusion MRI.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
ZeitschriftEuropean Radiology
Jahrgang14
Ausgabenummer3
Seiten (von - bis)409-416
Seitenumfang8
ISSN0938-7994
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 01.03.2004

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