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A number of different methods have been demonstrated which increase the speed of MR acquisition by decreasing the number of sequential phase encodes. The UNFOLD technique is based on time interleaving of k-space lines in sequential images and exploits the property that the outer portion of the field-of-view is relatively static. The differences in spatial(More)
A number of pulse sequence techniques, including magnetization-prepared gradient echo (MP-GRE), segmented GRE, and hybrid RARE, employ a relatively large number of variable pulse sequence parameters and acquire the image data during a transient signal evolution. These sequences have recently been proposed and/or used for clinical applications in the brain,(More)
Delayed contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (ceCMR) delineates infarct size. The presence of hypoenhancement consistent with microvascular obstruction (MO) signifies larger infarcts with a worse prognosis. We hypothesized that the size of the contrast defect (CD) on ceCMR in acutely infarcted myocardium may change during infarct healing and(More)
PURPOSE To prospectively evaluate a gadolinium-based collagen-targeting contrast agent, EP-3533, for in vivo magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of myocardial fibrosis in a mouse model of healed myocardial infarction (MI). MATERIALS AND METHODS All procedures were performed in accordance with protocols approved by the animal care and use committee. MI was(More)
Cardiovascular researchers are constantly developing new and innovative medical imaging technologies, striving to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular dysfunction. Combining these sophisticated imaging methods with advancements in image understanding via computational intelligence will continue to advance the frontier of(More)
A theoretical algorithm for shaping the signal response during the approach to steady state in three-dimensional magnetization-prepared rapid gradient-echo (3D MP-RAGE) pulse sequences has been developed and implemented. This algorithm derives the flip angle series required to produce specifically chosen time evolutions of the signal intensities during the(More)
A versatile, computationally efficient two-dimensional (2D) speckle-tracking method based on high resolution ultrasound imaging is proposed to quantify regional myocardial dysfunction in mice. Ultrasound scans were performed on the hearts of normal and post myocardial infarction (MI) mice with a Vevo770 scanner (VisualSonics, Toronto, Canada) operating at(More)
BACKGROUND MRI can distinguish components of atherosclerotic plaque. We hypothesized that contrast enhancement with gadolinium-DTPA (Gd-DTPA) could aid in the differentiation of plaque components in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). METHODS AND RESULTS Twenty-three patients (19 males, age 70+/-8 years) with AAA underwent MRI on a 1.5-T clinical scanner(More)