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Measurement of myocardial T1 relaxation times in humans with inversion recovery EPI
Author(s): Napapong Pongnapang; Geoffrey D. Clarke; Bahadir Ozus; Maxwell Amurao; Michael J. Lane; Clifford J. Belden
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Paper Abstract

Changes in myocardial longitudinal relaxation time (T1) are important for evaluating myocardial blood flow with first-pass contrast-enhanced MRI. Relaxation dynamics for inversion recovery echo planar imaging (IR-EPI) are less complex than partial flip angle, field echo techniques. The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate a robust method for measuring T1 in intact, beating human hearts. IR-EPI was performed on eight asymptomatic volunteers using a 1.5 Tesla MRI system. Imaging parameters were: FOV equals 42.5 cm, phase sampling ratio equals 0.609-0.781, 64 X 112 matrix, TEeff equals 47.8 ms., at least six inversion times, TI, ranging from 72 to 1400 ms, one shot. Four short axis slices were obtained for each TI. Signal intensities were measured for four ROI myocardial segments in each slice and plotted versus TI. T1 measurements were validated using a phantom containing gadolinium contrast at various dilutions. Linear interpolation was used following logarithmic transformation to calculate myocardial T1 based on the determination of the null point. The mean global myocardial T1 value was 811 ms+/- 49.8 ms (mean +/- SD). We conclude that myocardial T1 measurements, specific to each patient, can be measured with good accuracy and reproducibility using IR-EPI.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 June 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4320, Medical Imaging 2001: Physics of Medical Imaging, (28 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.430935
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Napapong Pongnapang, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr./San Antonio (United States)
Geoffrey D. Clarke, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr./San Antonio (United States)
Bahadir Ozus, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr./San Antonio (United States)
Maxwell Amurao, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr./San Antonio (United States)
Michael J. Lane, Brooke Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
Clifford J. Belden, Brooke Army Medical Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4320:
Medical Imaging 2001: Physics of Medical Imaging
Larry E. Antonuk; Martin Joel Yaffe, Editor(s)

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