- Workshop presentation
- Open Access
A novel platform for comprehensive CMR examination in a clinically feasible scan time
© Barral et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
- Published: 16 January 2014
- Cardiac Magnetic Resonance
- Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Free Breathing
- Cardiac Phasis
- Temporal Frame
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging has been shown to be one of the best technologies for the evaluation of cardiovascular pathologies. However, its widespread adoption has been held back by the lack of software infrastructure and specific pulse sequences that can provide a feasibly quick, comprehensive cardiac examination. We have developed an intuitive software package that can perform a comprehensive CMR examination in 30 to 45 minutes.
Our clinical protocol is built within the RTHawk real-time environment, which interfaces with a GE scanner and allows for intuitive localization and real-time scanner interaction. It comprises all the applications needed for a comprehensive CMR examination: real-time localization, left ventricular function, black blood, quantitative valvular flow, myocardial perfusion, delayed enhancement, and coronary angiography. Free-breathing, not ECG-gated options exist for the applications that assess ventricular function and flow. These work well even with uncooperative patients and are robust against arrhythmia.
We have implemented a comprehensive cardiac MR system, which performs an examination in less than 45 minutes and provides alternative solutions to traditional sequences when a patient suffers from arrhythmia or is unable to hold his breath. Initial clinical results are encouraging.
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