Steven M. Shea

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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)
The purpose of this work was to develop an ECG-triggered, segmented 3D true-FISP (fast imaging with steady-state precession) technique to improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of breath-hold coronary artery imaging. The major task was to optimize an appropriate magnetization preparation scheme to permit saturation of the(More)
An electrocardiogram (ECG)-triggered, magnetization-prepared, segmented, 3D true fast imaging with steady-state precession (true-FISP) sequence with fat saturation was recently proposed for coronary artery imaging. A magnetization preparation scheme consisting of an alpha/2 radiofrequency (RF) pulse followed by 20 constant flip angle dummy RF cycles was(More)
PURPOSE X-ray angiography is currently the standard test for the assessment of coronary artery disease. A substantial minority of patients referred for coronary angiography have no significant coronary artery disease. The purpose of this work was the evaluation of the accuracy of a three-dimensional (3D) breathhold coronary magnetic resonance angiography(More)
PURPOSE To compare standard of care nuclear SPECT imaging with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for emergency room (ER) patients with chest pain and intermediate probability for coronary artery disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-one patients with chest pain, negative electrocardiogram (ECG), and negative cardiac enzymes who underwent cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND The decision to perform coronary revascularization procedures may hinge on assessment of myocardial perfusion reserve. Blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) MRI is a potential method to detect the effects of regional variations in myocardial blood flow during vasodilation. METHODS AND RESULTS We imaged dogs (n=13) on a 1.5-T whole-body MRI(More)
Due to the high sensitivity of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to physiological motion, clinical DTI scans often suffer a significant amount of artifacts. Tensor-fitting-based, post-processing outlier rejection is often used to reduce the influence of motion artifacts. Although it is an effective approach, when there are multiple corrupted data, this method(More)
PURPOSE To assess the ability of a T2-prepared steady-state free precession blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging sequence to depict changes in myocardial perfusion during stress testing in a dog stenosis model. MATERIALS AND METHODS Study was approved by the institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. A hydraulic occluder(More)
The presence of resonance frequency offsets often causes artifacts in images acquired with true fast imaging with steady-state precession (true-FISP). One source of resonance offsets is a suboptimal setting of the synthesizer frequency. The goal of this work was to demonstrate that shifting the synthesizer frequency could minimize the off-resonance related(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effectiveness of a T2-magnetization preparation scheme for improving coronary artery imaging with true fast imaging with steady-state precession (True-FISP). MATERIALS AND METHODS Simulations were performed to compare the blood-myocardium signal difference with no T2-preparation to that with various T2-preparation times (24, 40,(More)