Comparison between free-breathing true-fisp cine sequences: radial vs cartesian k-space reconstruction
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance volume 12, Article number: P79 (2010)
Real-time cine imaging is a commonly used cardiac MR acquisition technique in patients who are unable to breath-hold or who have significant arrhythmia during their examination.
To compare cartesian versus radial k-space reconstruction in a free-breathing real-time true fast imaging with steady-state precession (true-FISP) sequence to quantify left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) volumes and ejection fraction (EF).
Left and right ventricular volume and function studies were performed in 11 consecutive patients. Three different true-FISP sequences were acquired using a 1.5 T scanner: free-breathing single shot with radial k-space reconstruction, free-breathing single shot with Cartesian k-space reconstruction, and breath-hold (BH) segmented acquisition with Cartesian k-space reconstruction. For the radial and Cartesian sequences the temporal resolution was 77 ms and 79 ms, respectively, and for the segmented Cartesian acquisition the temporal resolution was 45 ms. Ventricular cavities were manually segmented at end-diastolic and end-systolic phases. The BH sequence was used as the reference standard, and a Bland-Altman analysis was performed to evaluate the free-breathing sequences.
With the BH sequence the mean ± SD LV EF was 51.5 ± 20% (range 22.3% - 73.6%), and the RV EF was 49.8 ± 21% (range 7.8% - 72.9%). With the free breathing Cartesian k-space reconstruction sequence the LV EF was 50.1 ± 24% (range 16.6% - 88%), and the RV EF was 45.1 ± 20% (range 11.6% - 70.5%). With the free-breathing radial k-space reconstruction sequence LV EF was 52.7 ± 21% (range 24.1% - 81%), and the RV EF was 45.7 ± 17% (range 14% - 72.6%). RV and LV end systolic (ES) and end diastolic (ED) Volumes (V) are reported in table 1.
Bland-Altman analysis between the BH and the free-breathing Cartesian k-space reconstruction demonstrated the measured bias for the LV EF was 2.4% and the 95% limits of agreement (LOA) were -12.6 to 17.4%, the bias for the RV EF was 7.9% and the 95% LOA were -15 to 30.7%; between the BH and the free-breathing radial k-space reconstruction the measured bias for the LV EF was -0.6% and the 95% LOA were -8 to 6.8%, the bias for the RV EF was 5.3% and the 95% LOA were -22.7 to 33.2%. Bland-Altman analysis for EDV and ESV of the RV and LV are shown in table 2.
The free-breathing true-FISP with radial k-space reconstruction sequence produces LV and RV EF measurements which are more accurate compared to those obtained with free-breathing true-FISP with Cartesian reconstruction.
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Mannelli, L., Srichai, M.B., Kim, D. et al. Comparison between free-breathing true-fisp cine sequences: radial vs cartesian k-space reconstruction. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 12 (Suppl 1), P79 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1186/1532-429X-12-S1-P79