Volume 15 Supplement 1

Abstracts of the 16th Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions

Open Access

Assessment of coronary artery disease using 3.0 T magnetic resonance coronary angiography: a national multicenter trial

  • Qi Yang1,
  • Kuncheng Li1,
  • Bin Sun2,
  • Hong Yun3,
  • Lijun Tang4,
  • Shurong Li6,
  • Zhenbin Cao8,
  • Junling Xu5,
  • Mengqi Wei7 and
  • Lixin Jin9
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance201315(Suppl 1):E5


Published: 30 January 2013


3.0T contrast enhanced whole-heart coronary magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a promising method for noninvasive, radiation-free detection and exclusion of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD); however, the accuracy of this approach has not been determined in a multicenter trial.


An ECG-triggered, navigator-gated, inversion-recovery prepared, segmented gradient-echo sequence was used for image acquisition in 272 patients with suspected CAD at 8 hospitals. The accuracy of coronary MRA for detecting a 50% diameter reduction was determined using X-ray coronary angiography as the reference method. Using an intention-to-diagnose approach, all coronary arteries were included for the evaluation regardless of the image quality of coronary MRA to avoid overestimation of the diagnostic accuracy. Clinical Trial Registration—URL: http://clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01024478.


Acquisition of coronary MRA was successfully completed in 235 of 272 (86%) patients with average imaging time of 9.5±1.6 minutes. The areas under the receiver-operator characteristic curve from MRA images according to vessel- and patient-based analyses were 0.90 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.88 to 0.95) and 0.88 (95% CI: 0.83 to 0.93), respectively. The sensitivity and specificity of MRA on per-patient basis were 91% and 80%, respectively.
Figure 1

Curved planar reconstruction (CPR) image (A), Sliding thin slab maximum intensity projection (MIP) image (B), MIP image of coronary tree (C), and volume-rendered image (D) detect coronary artery stenoses in the LAD (arrow) and first diagonal branch (arrowhead). Good agreement is observed between coronary MRA and X-ray coronary angiography.


Among patients who were scheduled to obtain conventional x-ray coronary angiography, we found that coronary MRA at 3.0T demonstrates high accuracy for detection of significant coronary artery stenosis. It warrants greater consideration as a suitable noninvasive method to exclude obstructive CAD.


National Basic Research Program 973 (grant no. 2010CB732600) from Ministry of Science and Technology, China; National Natural Science Foundation of China, grant number 30900355; National Institute of Health, grants numbers NIBIB EB002623 and NHLBI HL38698.

Authors’ Affiliations

Radiology Department, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University
Radiology Department, Fujian Union Hospital, Fujian Medical University
Radiology Department, Zhongshan hospital, Fudan University
Radiology Department, Jiangsu Province Hospital, Nanjing Medical University
Radiology Department, Henan Provincial Hospital
Radiology Department, First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University
Radiology Department, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University
Radiology Department, Wuhan Union Hospital, Huazhong University of Science
Siemens Healthcare, MR Collaboration NE Asia


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