Functional cardiac MR imaging with steady-state free precession (SSFP) significantly improves endocardial border delineation without contrast agents.

@article{Thiele2001FunctionalCM,
  title={Functional cardiac MR imaging with steady-state free precession (SSFP) significantly improves endocardial border delineation without contrast agents.},
  author={Holger Thiele and Eike Nagel and Ingo Paetsch and Bernhard Schnackenburg and A. Bornstedt and M. L. A. Kouwenhoven and Andreas Wahl and Gerold Schuler and Eckart Fleck},
  journal={Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI},
  year={2001},
  volume={14 4},
  pages={362-7}
}
Contrast between blood and myocardium in standard turbo gradient echo MR techniques (TFE) used routinely in clinical practice is mainly caused by unsaturated inflowing blood. Steady-state free precession (SSFP) has excellent contrast even in the absence of inflow effects. In 45 subjects cardiac cine loops in two long axis projections were acquired using TFE and compared with SSFP. A visual score (range 0 worst - 3 best) was assigned for endocardial border delineation for six myocardial segments… CONTINUE READING

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