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Detection of coronary artery disease at 3 Tesla using a visual interpretation algorithm combining perfusion and delayed enhancement imaging
© Arnold et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 28 January 2009
Myocardial stress perfusion imaging with cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is increasingly used in the assessment of coronary artery disease (CAD). It has been demonstrated that a multiparametric approach combining perfusion and infarction imaging at 1.5 Tesla further augments the diagnostic performance of CMR. Recent studies indicate that 3 Tesla is the preferred field strength for perfusion imaging, with increased signal-to-noise and contrast-to-noise ratios compared with 1.5 Tesla. We sought to assess the diagnostic performance of a visual interpretation algorithm combining perfusion and infarction imaging at 3 Tesla.
Subjects scheduled for elective diagnostic angiography for investigation of exertional chest pain were studied prior to angiography. Patients were studied with first-pass perfusion at 3 Tesla (Trio, Siemens Medical Solutions), at stress (140 mcg/kg/min intravenous adenosine) and at rest. Three short-axis images were acquired every heartbeat using a saturation recovery fast gradient echo sequence and 0.05 mmol/kg contrast agent (Gadodiamide, Omniscan™, GE Healthcare) bolus injection. Perfusion images were acquired every cardiac cycle during the first pass of contrast, using a T1-weighted fast gradient echo sequence (echo time 1.04 ms, repetition time 2 ms, voxel size 2.1 × 2.6 × 8 mm3). After rest perfusion, following a further bolus of Gadodiamide (0.045 mmol/kg), delayed enhancement CMR was performed with a T1-weighted segmented inversion-recovery turbo fast low-angle shot (FLASH) sequence (echo time 4.8 ms, voxel size 1.4 × 2.4 × 8 mm3, flip angle 20°). Resting cine, stress and rest perfusion, and delayed enhancement images were interpreted visually by a single observer blinded to clinical and angiographic data. The diagnosis of CAD was determined by the presence of delayed hyperenhancement or reversible perfusion defects. Matched stress-rest perfusion defects in the absence of delayed enhancement were considered artifactual. To determine interobserver variability, all scans were interpreted by a second blinded observer. Quantitative coronary angiography, performed by a third operator blinded to CMR results, served as the reference standard. Significant CAD was defined angiographically as the presence of >= 1 stenosis of >= 50% diameter in any of the main epicardial coronary arteries or their branches with a diameter of >= 2 mm.
CMR imaging at 3 Tesla has high diagnostic accuracy for the identification of significant CAD. Combining perfusion and infarction imaging is superior to perfusion imaging alone and further augments diagnostic performance.
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