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Assessment of myocardial strain using strain-encoding (SENC) MRI: comparison of acquisition strategies
© Ibrahim et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
Published: 2 February 2011
Radial and Spiral acquisitions(2) were implemented in SENC, and the different sequences were tested on three volunteers on Siemens Tim-Trio 3.0-Tesla scanner. The imaging parameters were: FOV=350mm, slice-thickness =10mm, flip-angle=15°, # heart-phases=25, and scan time=17 s. The three sequences were optimized for the fixed scan-time. Maximum resolution obtained was 160x160 for Cartesian (80% phase-encoding coverage) and Radial (128 Radial spokes), and 256x256 for Spiral (10 spiralsx2 averages). The low-tuning and high-tuning images were combined together as described in(1) to construct the strain images. Strain values were measured at five different points along the lateral left-ventricular wall on all volunteers. Bland-Altman analysis was conducted to compare measurements from different sequences.
Discussion and conclusions
Data acquisition strategy (k-space trajectory) affects scan-time and the resulting image-quality in SENC. Image quality was similar in Cartesian and Radial. Less radial spokes can be acquired to reduce scan-time without much affecting image-quality. Due to its acquisition nature, spatial-resolution is compromised in Radial acquisition. For the same scan time, Spiral acquisition allowed for improving resolution by more than 60% and doubling # averages, compared to Cartesian or Radial, despite longer reconstruction time. High spatial-resolution would allow for accurate measurements in small structures, e.g. thinning myocardial wall, or it can be traded for faster or real-time imaging. The choice of the acquisition-technique depends on patient condition, available scan-time, and imaging features of importance.
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