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1122 Regional differences in signal gain in cardiac mri at 3.0 tesla. An intra individual comparison of different sequences

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Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance200810 (Suppl 1) :A247

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  • Left Ventricle
  • Field Strength
  • Lateral Wall
  • High Field Strength
  • Chamber View


To compare signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise-ratio (CNR) of different regions of the left ventricle using SSFP- and FSE-black-blood-imaging techniques at 1.5 and 3.0 T on volunteers and to examine signal behaviour in SSFP-imaging depending on the image-plane.


18 healthy volunteers, mean age 28 ( ± 5), underwent cardiac mri examination using a GE Signa 1.5 T and a GE Signa 3.0 T system with Excite technology.

Signal reception was performed using a four-channel phased-array-coil of identical coil design for both field strengths. Breath-held ECG triggered 2D-Cine imaging was performed at the midventricular level of the left ventricle using a short-axis-view (SA), a long-axis two chamber view (LA) and a four-chamber-view (4 CV) with "steady-state-free-precession" (SSFP) FIESTA-Sequences. Fast-Spin-Echo-sequences (FSE) in T1-(Double-IR), T2 and T1-Stir (Triple-IR)-weighting were performed at the midventricular level of the left ventricle in the SA-view. For the SA-view SNR and CNR of the whole left ventricle as well as for the four LV-segments: septum (S), anterior- (AW), posterior- (PW) and lateral wall (LW) was calculated. For the LA- and 4CV-view SNR and CNR of the whole left ventricle was calculated.


The SNR and CNR for the whole left ventricle was increased in all FSE- and all SSFP-sequences at 3.0 T (FSE: SNR min. 8%, max. 25%/CNR: min.11%, max. 25%; FIESTA SNR: max. 129%, min 107%, CNR: max.50%, min. 32%). In all FSE-sequences there were differences in SNR and CNR depending on the heart segment at both field strengths. At 3.0 T the differences were smaller than at 1.5 T. There was also a difference in the increase of SNR and CNR depending on the region of the LV. In the FSE-sequences the highest gain in SNR/CNR was obtained in the AW and LW (SNR: min.17%, max. 39%), the lowest gain in the septum (SNR: min. -1%, max. 9%). At both field strengths the lowest SNR and CNR was found in the PW. At the FIESTA-Sequences there was found a dependence of the signal behaviour on the image plane with the highest SNR and CNR in the SA at both field strengths. In the SA-view differences in signal-behaviour between the LV-segment again were found, with the highest SNR and the highest increase of SNR (129%) in the septum at both field strengths. In contrast to the FSE-Sequences, at the FIESTA-sequences the differences between the LV-segments were smaller at 1.5 T than at 3.0 T.


The mean SNR and CNR was increased at 3.0 T compared to 1.5 T at both, FSE- and FIESTA-Sequences. Regional differences in signal-behaviour exist at both field strengths. The heart segments benefit to a different degree from the higher field strength. At both field strengths the lowest SNR/CNR is to be found in the PW, which is prior to signal inhomogenities. In Cine-Imaging with SSFP these signal inhomogenities are increased at 3.0 T. Due to this the improvement of the design of cardiac mri sequences at higher field strengths is mandatory.

Authors’ Affiliations

Charité Universitaetsmedizin, Berlin, Germany
Abt. für Diagnostische und interventionelle Radiologie, Universität Leipzig/Herzzentrum Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany


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