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Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging during the first pass of an injected contrast agent has been used to assess myocardial perfusion, but the quantification of blood flow has been generally judged as too complex for its clinical application. This study demonstrates the feasibility of applying model-independent deconvolution to the measured tissue residue curves(More)
Rapid MR imaging (MRI) during the first pass of an injected tracer is used to assess myocardial perfusion with a spatial resolution of 2-3 mm, and to detect any regional impairments of myocardial blood flow (MBF) that may lead to ischemia. The spatial resolution is sufficient to detect flow reductions that are limited to the subendocardial layer. The(More)
BACKGROUND Recent developments in cardiac MRI have extended the potential spectrum of diagnostic and interventional applications. The purpose of this study was to test the ability of MRI to perform transcatheter closures of secundum type atrial septal defects (ASD) and to assess ASD size and changes in right cardiac chamber volumes in the same(More)
Magnetic resonance first-pass (MRFP) imaging awaits longitudinal clinical trials for quantification of myocardial perfusion. The purpose of this study was to assess inter- and intraobserver agreement of this method. Seventeen MRFP studies (14 rest and 3 under adenosine-induced hyperemia) from 14 patients were acquired. Two observers visually graded study(More)
The purpose of this article is to present some recent applications of diagnostic and interventional MRI in congenital heart disease. To date x-ray-based techniques have been the norm for most diagnostic and therapeutic applications. With the advent of ultrafast MRI and the development of MRI-compatible catheters and guide wires, the goal of achieving(More)
BACKGROUND The latest generation of interactive cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) scanners has made cardiac interventions with real-time MRI possible. To date, cardiac MRI has been mostly applied to measure myocardial perfusion, viability, and regional function, but now the application of cardiac MRI can be extended to cardiovascular interventions. The(More)
BACKGROUND Childhood obesity is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Although ventricular remodeling has been reported in obese youth, early tissue-level markers within the myocardium that precede organ-level alterations have not been described. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 21 obese adolescents (mean age, 17.7±2.6 years;(More)
Accurate staging of nodal cancer still relies on surgical exploration because many primary malignancies spread via lymphatic dissemination. The purpose of this study was to utilize nanoparticle-enhanced lymphotropic magnetic resonance imaging (LN-MRI) to explore semi-automated noninvasive nodal cancer staging. We present a joint image segmentation and(More)
Cardiac MRI was performed in human volunteers to determine the magnitude of the misregistration (MSR) of cardiac landmarks due to variability in the diaphragm position for repeated breath-holds. Seven normal volunteers underwent MR imaging of the left ventricle (LV) to evaluate the magnitude of the endocardial centroid MSR. The MSR for a mid-ventricle(More)
An analysis of the kinetics of myocardial contrast enhancement is an important component of myocardial perfusion studies. The contrast enhancement can be modeled by a linear time-invariant system, and the myocardial impulse response, calculated by deconvolution of the measured tissue response with an arterial input, gives a direct estimate of myocardial(More)