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Real-time fast strain-encoded magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate regional myocardial function at 3.0 Tesla: comparison to conventional tagging. J Magn Reson Imaging 2008 May;27(5):1012-8



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PURPOSE: To compare the utility of the real-time technique fast strain-encoded magnetic resonance imaging (fast-SENC) for the quantification of regional myocardial function to conventional tagged magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Healthy volunteers (N = 12) and patients with heart failure (N = 7) were examined using tagged MRI and fast-SENC at 3.0T. Circumferential strain was measured using fast-SENC in six endo- and six subepicardial regions in the basal-, mid-, and apical-septum and the basal-, mid-, and apical-lateral wall from the four-chamber view. These measurements were plotted to tagging, in corresponding myocardial segments.

RESULTS: Peak systolic strain (Ecc) and early diastolic strain rate (Ecc/second) acquired by fast-SENC correlated closely to tagged MRI (r = 0.90 for Ecc and r = 0.91 for Ecc/second, P < 0.001 for both). Both fast-SENC and tagging identified differences in regional systolic and diastolic function between normal myocardium and dysfunctional segments in patients with heart failure (for fast-SENC: Ecc = -21.7 +/- 2.7 in healthy volunteers vs. -12.8 +/- 4.2 in hypokinetic vs. 0.6 +/- 3.8 in akinetic/dyskinetic segments, P < 0.001 between all; Ecc/second = 104 +/- 20/second in healthy volunteers vs. 37 +/- 9/second in hypokinetic vs. -16 +/- 15/second in akinetic/dyskinetic segments, P < 0.001 between all). Quantitative analysis was more time-consuming for conventional tagging than for fast-SENC (time-spent of 3.8 +/- 0.7 minutes vs. 9.5 +/- 0.7 minutes per patient, P < 0.001).

CONCLUSION: Fast-SENC allows the rapid and accurate quantification of regional myocardial function. The information derived from fast-SENC during a single heartbeat seems to be superior or equal to that acquired by conventional tagging during several heart cycles and prolonged breathholds.

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Korosoglou G, Youssef AA, Bilchick KC, Ibrahim el-S, Lardo AC, Lai S, Osman NF


El-Sayed H. Ibrahim PhD Associate Professor in the Radiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Analysis of Variance
Heart Failure
Linear Models
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cine
Middle Aged
Myocardial Contraction
Reproducibility of Results