Tissue phase mapping using breath-hold 4D PCMR
© Steeden et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
Published: 16 January 2014
Conventionally Tissue Phase Mapping (TPM) is carried out in one 2D slice. 4D PCMR has not previously been used for TPM due to long acquisition times. The purpose of this study was to develop a highly accelerated 4D PCMR sequence to acquire TPM data across the entire left ventricle (LV), during a breath-hold.
An undersampled, prospectively triggered, stack-of-spirals, 4D PCMR sequence was developed, and reconstructed using SENSE-UNFOLD. A uniform-density spiral trajectory was used in kx-ky with 8 interleaves required to fill k-space, with acceleration of R = 4 (resulting in 2 spiral interleaves acquired per kz position). In kz, 16 slices were used, with acceleration of R = 2, resulting in 9 kz positions being acquired for each cardiac phase (calculated as 16÷2 plus one to ensure that the middle kz position is always acquired). The other sequence parameters were; TE/TR:4.0/14.4 ms, matrix size:160 × 160, FOV:500 × 500 mm, slices:16, slice thickness:8 mm, venc(x/y/z):30/30/30 cm/s. This resulted in a temporal resolution of 57.5 ms, a spatial resolution of 3.1 × 3.1 × 8 mm, and a scan time of 16 heartbeats (breath-hold), plus 7.3 s for acquisition of fully sampled coil sensitivity maps with 4NSAs (free breathing, at the end of the TPM acquisition). This 4D PCMR TPM data was acquired in 5 healthy volunteers (4M:1F, mean age:38.6 ± 6.6 yrs), and 1 patient with mild LV dyssynchrony (F, 43.3 yrs). Data Analysis: Bulk motion correction was performed, before transformation of the velocities to an internal polar coordinate system allowing motion to be described in terms of contraction (using radial velocities; Vr) and shortening (using longitudinal velocities; Vz). Peak velocities in the S (systolic) and E (early diastolic) waves were measured for the longitudinal and radial velocities within the entire myocardium, at a basal, mid and apical slice.
We have shown that using a novel spiral UNFOLD SENSE PCMR sequence it is possible to obtain 4D TPM data in a breath hold. This sequence may have significant value in the assessment of LV dyssynchrony, particularly in relation to resynchronization therapy.
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