Myocardial tagging with steady state free precession techniques and semi-automatic postprocessing—impact on diagnostic value
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Our aim was to determine the diagnostic value of myocardial tagging sequences with regard to the evaluable share of the cardiac cycle. Thirty-three patients were examined at 1.5 T using tagging sequences with gradient-echo (GRE) readout, 18 patients at 1.5 T with steady-state free precession (SSFP), and 11 patients at 3 T using GRE. Two observers graded image quality and determined the share of the cardiac cycle for which postprocessing could be performed (1, optimal; 2, little interaction; 3, whole cycle assessable; 4, diastole non-assessable; 5, systole incomplete; 6, non-diagnostic). With GRE at 1.5 T, median image quality was 4.0 (95% CI 4.0–5.0), while it was significantly better with 2.0 (2.0–3.0) using the SSFP technique and similar at 3 T with 2.9 (1.7–3.5). With GRE at 1.5 T, systole could be assessed in 69% of patients, and an evaluation of the whole cardiac cycle was not possible. With the SSFP sequence at 1.5 T and GRE at 3 T, an evaluation of the whole cardiac cycle was possible in 71% and 70% of the patients, respectively, and systole was assessable in all patients. Tagging sequences with SSFP readout at 1.5 T make a semi-automatic evaluation of the whole cardiac cycle feasible in a large share of patients.
KeywordsCardiac mri Wall motion Myocardial tagging
Significant parts of the data for this study were acquired by N. Bayrhof as parts of the research for their doctoral thesis at the Medical Faculty of the University of Munich.
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