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Assessment of the myocardial twisting motion by through-plane velocity-mapping in long axis geometry
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Published: 21 January 2010
The purpose was to evaluate the possibility of combining conventional CINE imaging techniques in long axes geometry with through-plane velocity-encoding for fast simultaneous assessment of the twisting motion.
The protocol was performed in 3 healthy volunteers. All imaging was performed on a 3 T whole-body-scanner (Achieva, Philips Medical Systems, Netherlands) with a segmented gradient echo phase contrast black blood imaging sequence. 6 long axis views were acquired at 30° angular spacing. The imaging parameters were: TR/TE = 6.8 ms/4.6 ms, resolution 2 × 2 × 8 mm3, flip angle 15°, VENC = 15 cm/s in through plane direction, 30 heart phases. Black-blood contrast was achieved by the application of two alternating saturation-prepulses with 5 mm distance to the imaged slice. Image acquisition time for each slice was 1:04 minutes. Quantitative through-plane motion analysis was performed by an in-house developed analysis software. After manual segmentation of the left ventricle the rotation angle φ was calculated for apical, equatorial and basal segments and compared for retrieval of the twisting motion component.
It has been shown  that CINE imaging of 6 long axes (LAX) can be applied for retrieving the regional wall motion score. In this contribution it was shown that the LAX technique can be combined with through-plane motion-encoding, which enables additional assessment of the twisting motion of the myocardium. The combination of both techniques appears promising for the simultaneous identification of the contraction impairments and its impact on the twisting motion, which might enable improved identification of patients prone to respond to CRT.
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