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Influence of spatial resolution and contrast agent dosage on myocardial T1 relaxation times

Item Type:Article
Title:Influence of spatial resolution and contrast agent dosage on myocardial T1 relaxation times
Creators Name:Blaszczyk, E. and Töpper, A. and Schmacht, L. and Wanke, F. and Greiser, A. and Schulz-Menger, J. and von Knobelsdorff-Brenkenhoff, F.
Abstract:OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to study the influence of small variations in spatial resolution and contrast agent dosage on myocardial T1 relaxation time. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-nine healthy volunteers underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance at 3T twice, including a modified look-locker inversion recovery (MOLLI) technique-3(3)3(3)5-for T1 mapping. Native T1 was assessed in three spatial resolutions (voxel size 1.4 x 1.4 x 6, 1.6 x 1.6 x 6, 1.7 x 1.7 x 6 mm3), and postcontrast T1 after 0.1 and 0.2 mmol/kg gadobutrol. Partition coefficient was calculated based on myocardial and blood T1. T1 analysis was done per segment, per slice, and for the whole heart. RESULTS: Native T1 values did not differ with varying spatial resolution per segment (p = 0.116-0.980), per slice (basal: p = 0.772; middle: p = 0.639; apex: p = 0.276), and globally (p = 0.191). Postcontrast T1 values were significantly lower with higher contrast agent dosage (p < 0.001). The global partition coefficient was 0.43 +/- 0.3 for 0.2 and 0.1 mmol gadobutrol (p = 0.079). CONCLUSION: Related to the tested MOLLI technique at 3T, very small variations in spatial resolution (voxel sizes between 1.4 x 1.4 x 6 and 1.7 x 1.7 x 6 mm3) remained without effect on the native T1 relaxation times. Postcontrast T1 values were naturally shorter with higher contrast agent dosage while the partition coefficient remained constant. Further studies are necessary to test whether these conclusions hold true for larger matrix sizes and in larger cohorts.
Keywords:T1 Mapping, Cardiac, Contrast Agent, Spatial Resolution
Source:Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics Biology and Medicine
ISSN:0968-5243
Publisher:Springer (U.S.A.)
Volume:30
Number:1
Page Range:85-91
Date:February 2017
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10334-016-0581-0
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