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Comparison of hybrid echo-planar imaging and FLASH myocardial perfusion cardiovascular MR imaging

Elkington, AG; Gatehouse, PD; Cannell, TM; Moon, JC; Prasad, SK; Firmin, DN; Pennell, D; (2005) Comparison of hybrid echo-planar imaging and FLASH myocardial perfusion cardiovascular MR imaging. RADIOLOGY , 235 (1) 237 - 243. 10.1148/radiol.2351040360.

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Abstract

The purpose of this Study was to compare fast single-shot gradient-echo (FLASH) and hybrid echo-planar imaging (EPI) magnetic resonance (MR) technologies regarding the relative contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR), spatiotemporal resolution, size of inducible perfusion defects, and presence of artifacts in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Fifteen patients with CAD underwent rest and adenosine stress gadolinium first-pass perfusion cardiovascular MR examinations with EPI and FLASH. The study was approved by the local ethics committee, and each subject gave written informed consent. The spatial resolution of the two sequences was made similar in nine patients, and the temporal resolution was made similar in six. The images were assessed for CNR, artifact, and size of inducible perfusion defects. The CNR was significantly higher with the EPI sequence, whether matched for spatial (32 vs 22 [46%], P <.001) or temporal (35 vs 23 [51%], P <.001) resolution. There was no significant difference in scoring for artifact or area and transmural extent of inducible perfusion defects with EPI and FLASH, whether matched for temporal or spatial resolution. Further work is warranted to determine the relative diagnostic accuracy of the two techniques.

Type:Article
Title:Comparison of hybrid echo-planar imaging and FLASH myocardial perfusion cardiovascular MR imaging
DOI:10.1148/radiol.2351040360
Keywords:CORONARY-ARTERY-DISEASE, MAGNETIC-RESONANCE, BLOOD-FLOW, ANGIOGRAPHY, COVERAGE
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science

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