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The need for ECG gating presents many difficulties in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI). Real-time imaging techniques eliminate the need for ECG gating in cine CMRI, but they cannot offer the spatial and temporal resolution provided by segmented acquisition techniques. Previous MR signal-based techniques have demonstrated an ability to provide(More)
A volume-targeted contrast agent-enhanced breath-hold coronary magnetic resonance angiographic technique was optimized and evaluated in 16 volunteers. Substantial increases in coronary signal-to-noise ratio, contrast-to-noise ratio, lengths of depiction, and vessel sharpness were observed on enhanced images. The imaging approach with two 20-mL injections of(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effectiveness of flow-sensitive dephasing (FSD) magnetization preparation in improving blood signal suppression of three-dimensional (3D) turbo spin-echo (TSE) sequence (SPACE) for isotropic high-spatial-resolution carotid arterial wall imaging at 3T. MATERIALS AND METHODS The FSD-prepared SPACE sequence (FSD-SPACE) was implemented(More)
PURPOSE To compare the efficacy of an intravascular contrast agent, gadomer-17, in improving magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of coronary arteries with that of an extravascular agent, gadopentetate dimeglumine, in pigs. MATERIALS AND METHODS Eight pigs underwent imaging after three injections: 0.20 mmol of gadopentetate dimeglumine per kilogram of body(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to prospectively evaluate the diagnostic performance of 3.0-T contrast-enhanced whole-heart coronary magnetic resonance angiography (CMRA) in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND A slow-infusion, contrast-enhanced whole-heart CMRA approach has recently been developed at 3.0-T. The(More)
BACKGROUND Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the CArdiosphere-Derived aUtologous stem CElls to reverse ventricUlar dySfunction (CADUCEUS) trial revealed that cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs) decrease scar size and increase viable myocardium after myocardial infarction (MI), but MRI has not been validated as an index of regeneration after cell therapy. We(More)
PURPOSE To assess the feasibility of three-dimensional breathhold coronary magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) at 3.0T using the steady-state free precession (SSFP) sequence, and quantify the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) gains of coronary MRA from 1.5T to 3.0T using whole-body and phased-array cardiac coils as the signal(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to assess coronary arterial remodeling as a marker of subclinical atherosclerosis using coronary wall magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in an asymptomatic population-based cohort. BACKGROUND In early atherosclerosis, compensatory enlargement of both the outer wall of the vessel as well as the lumen, termed(More)
PURPOSE To determine the relationship of pericardial fat, which secretes proinflammatory markers that have been implicated in coronary atherosclerosis, with atherosclerotic plaque in an asymptomatic population-based cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this institutional review board-approved study, all participants supplied written informed consent. One(More)
PURPOSE To assess a swallowing-compensated, three-dimensional (3D) diffusion-prepared segmented steady-state free precession (3D Nav-D-SSFP) technique for carotid wall MRI with 0.6-mm isotropic spatial resolution, and its utility for semiautomated carotid wall morphometry. MATERIALS AND METHODS The carotid arteries of seven healthy volunteers (N=14) were(More)