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Volume 18 Supplement 1

19th Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions

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The evolution of myocardium at risk by T2-STIR MR imaging the first week after acute myocardial ischemia


Myocardial salvage is currently being used as endpoint in several clinical trials and is determined by relating final infarct size to myocardium at risk (MaR). T2-weighted imaging (T2-STIR) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has previously been shown to enable assessment of MaR up to one week after acute myocardial infarction. Recent experimental data indicate that the extent of MaR by T2-STIR varies over the first week which would have implications on how to design clinical cardioprotection trials using myocardial salvage as endpoint and in the clinical diagnosis of patients with myocardial infarction and normal coronary arteries.

To investigate whether MaR as assessed by T2-STIR differs depending on scan day during the first week after the acute event in patients with reperfused first-time myocardial infarction.


196 STEMI-patients from the MITOCARE and CHILL-MI trials undergoing acute percutaneous coronary intervention were included in the study. Eight additional patients with CMR on day 1 were also included. T2-STIR MR imaging was performed 1-7 days after the acute event and was used to evaluate MaR. Diagnostic quality on a scale from 0-3 and ability to correctly assign culprit vessel compared to angiography.


There was no significant difference in MaR over the first week (p = 0.44, Figure 1A) neither was there any change in diagnostic quality (p = 0.26, Figure 1B). The rate of correctly assigned culprit vessel was also similar for the different scan days (Figure 1C).

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MaR by T2-STIR over the first week. A) MaR as % of LV mass over time; B) diagnostic image quality over time; and C) Ratio of correctly assigned culprit vessel compared to angiography over time. Note that there is no significant change in MaR during the first week in any of the above aspects. Open and closed circles show mean values of MaR by CE-SSFP and T2-STIR respectively. Error bars show 1 standard deviation. MaR=Myocardium at risk, LV=Left ventricular mass, T2-STIR= T2-weighted short tau inversion recovery, CE-SSFP = contrast enhanced steady state free precession, LGE=late gadolinium enhancement.


Myocardium at risk by T2-STIR CMR imaging do not change in humans over the first week after acute reperfused myocardial infarction suggesting that MaR is a stable measure during this period of time.

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Nordlund, D., Klug, G., Heiberg, E. et al. The evolution of myocardium at risk by T2-STIR MR imaging the first week after acute myocardial ischemia. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 18 (Suppl 1), P94 (2016).

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