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AIMS Current imaging of the coronary arteries with magnetic resonance coronary angiography (MRCA) is restricted to limited coverage of the coronary arterial tree and requires complex planning. We present and evaluate a rapid, single-scan MRCA approach with complete coverage of the coronary arterial tree. METHODS AND RESULTS Fifty-five consecutive patients(More)
BACKGROUND Adenosine stress magnetic resonance perfusion (MRP) and dobutamine stress magnetic resonance (DSMR) wall motion analyses are highly accurate for the detection of myocardial ischemia. However, knowledge about the prognostic value of stress MR examinations is limited. We sought to determine the value of MRP and DSMR, as assessed during a(More)
BACKGROUND T1 mapping is a robust and highly reproducible application to quantify myocardial relaxation of longitudinal magnetisation. Available T1 mapping methods are presently site and vendor specific, with variable accuracy and precision of T1 values between the systems and sequences. We assessed the transferability of a T1 mapping method and determined(More)
AIMS To determine the safety of high-dose dobutamine-atropine stress cardiovascular magnetic resonance (stress-CMR), which recently emerged as a highly accurate modality for diagnosis of inducible myocardial ischaemia. METHOD AND RESULTS From 1997 to 2002, 1000 consecutive stress-CMR examinations were performed. Images were acquired at rest and during a(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging offers methods for the detection of ischemia and myocardial infarction as well as visualization of the coronary arteries (MRCA). However, a direct comparison of adenosine perfusion (PERF), late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and MRCA or the results of their combination has not been performed. Aim of(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertensive cardiomyopathy is characterized by myocyte hypertrophy and interstitial fibrosis. The effects of renal denervation (RD) on the heart are poorly understood. New magnetic resonance imaging techniques (extracellular volume fraction) permit the quantitative assessment of myocardial fibrosis. Our aim was to study the effects of RD on(More)
Elderly women have increased aortic and ventricular stiffness but preserved global systolic function. Possible gender differences in ventricular deformation attributed to increased aortic stiffness at rest or with positive inotropic stress remain unknown. Eighty-four subjects (mean age: 63±8 years) were assessed for aortic stiffness by pulse wave velocity(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine the ability of blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) to detect stress-inducible myocardial ischemic reactions in the presence of angiographically significant coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS Forty-six patients (34 men; age 65 ± 9 years,) with suspected or(More)
BACKGROUND Effective suppression of cardiac motion is crucial for MR coronary angiography (MRCA). Thus, we evaluated a new technique for rapid and automatic detection of the cardiac rest period in comparison to the conventional visual assessment of the coronary artery rest periods. METHODS One hundred and thirty-five consecutive cardiac patients were(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have demonstrated the consistently high diagnostic and prognostic value of dobutamine stress cardiovascular magnetic resonance (DCMR). The value of DCMR for clinical decision making still needs to be defined. Hence, the purpose of this study was to assess the utility of DCMR regarding clinical management of patients with suspected(More)