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2102 The ischemic area at risk can be detected by both T1 and T2 pre-contrast CMR

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Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance200810 (Suppl 1) :A371

https://doi.org/10.1186/1532-429X-10-S1-A371

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Keywords

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Good Image Quality
  • Normal Myocardium
  • Ischemic Area
  • Remote Myocardium

Introduction

In-vivo T2-weighted CMR delineates the area at risk (AAR) and can be used in conjunction with delayed contrast enhancement to evaluate infarct reduction therapies.

Objectives

We hypothesized that pre-gadolinium T1 CMR delineates the AAR in a similar manner to T2 imaging in acute myocardial infarction.

Methods

Imaging was performed 3 days after LAD occlusion-reperfusion in13 dogs. T2 and T1 maps were computed from pre-gadolinium CMR with T2-prepared SSFP (14 TE's of 16–280 ms) and with IR-GRE (10 TIs of 71–900 ms) respectively. The infarcted territory was defined by post-gadolinium delayed enhancement. Two observers evaluated the images for the involvement of a single coronary distribution, for graininess and border definition of different areas.

Results

A delayed contrast enhanced image (depicting the non-transmural infarct) and corresponding pre-gadolinium T2 and T1 maps (depicting the AAR) are shown in Figure 1. In the T2 map, the AAR is red whereas normal myocardium is green. The areas on the T1 map agree with those in the T2 map in terms of circumferential and transmural extent. The average T2 value of the infarct, the peri-infarct zone and remote myocardium were 72 ± 2, 57 ± 2 and 46 ± 3 ms respectively. The corresponding average T1 values were 1020 ± 18, 972 ± 18 and 879 ± 13. In all 13 cases the T1 maps exhibited better image quality than the T2 maps.
Figure 1
Figure 1

T1-CMR delineates the area at risk similarly to T2-CMR in acute myocardial infarction. Both T1 and T2 maps can differentiate the infarct from the peri-infarct zone and from remote myocardium. The T1 maps had better image quality than T2.

Conclusion

The area at risk, as identified by T2-CMR, was identified by pre-gadolinium T1-CMR. Both methods could identify the infarct from the peri-infarct zone and remote myocardium. Pre-gadolinium T1 had better image quality in all 13 cases.

Authors’ Affiliations

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National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Copyright

© Aletras et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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