T1 and T2 mapping reveal contribution of hemorrhage in myocardial remodeling following acute myocardial infarction
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance volume 18, Article number: Q5 (2016)
Hemorrhage is a frequent complication in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and is speculated to be an independent predictor of adverse outcomes . In addition to infarct zone remodeling, the distal remote myocardium may experience alterations - vasodilator dysfunction, edema, and extracellular matrix (ECM) expansion [2-4]. The aim of our study was to understand the impact of hemorrhage on infarct as well as remote myocardial remodeling following an ischemic event. To this end, we employed quantitative T1 and T2 mapping to probe the underlying tissue alterations in a novel hemorrhagic model of AMI.
Hemorrhage was artificially induced in a pig model by direct intracoronary injection of collagenase (col) . Animals (N = 14) were divided into three groups and subjected to an LAD occlusion followed by reperfusion: Group 1 (N = 4) 45 min+saline (sal); Group 2 (N = 5): 8 min+col; and Group 3 (N = 5): 45 min+col. Imaging was serially performed on a 3T MRI scanner (MR 750, GE Healthcare) at baseline (healthy) and up to week 4 post-intervention. Pre- and post-contrast T1 values were quantified using a MOLLI sequence. Partition coefficient (λ) was estimated from the relation:(1/T1myo,post-1/T1myo,pre)/(1/T1blood,post-1/T1blood,pre). T2 mapping was performed using a T2-prepared spiral sequence. Hemorrhage was assessed from T2* maps obtained using a multi-echo gradient-echo acquisition. Infarcted and remote myocardial segments were evaluated based on LGE images.
LGE-based infarct size was significantly greater in group 3 compared to group 1 at all time points (p < 0.0001); group 2 was non-infarcted (Figure 1a,b). Low T2* values (<20 ms) confirmed the presence of hemorrhage in the collagenase groups 2 and 3 whereas group 1 was non-hemorrhagic (Figure 1c,d). At week 1, T1pre in the infarct zone was significantly higher in group 3 compared to the other two groups, indicative of a greater edematous response (Figure 1e,f; Figure 2a). In group 3, T1post in the infarct zone was significantly lower at all time points with respect to groups 1 and 2, suggesting extensive myocardial damage and fibrotic development; in agreement, infarct zone λ was also consistently higher in group 3 ((Figure 2b,c). Interestingly groups 2 and 3 demonstrated an elevation in remote zone λ at day 1 and week 1, potentially indicative of ECM alterations in the remote myocardium. Infarct T2 in group 3 was significantly elevated at all time points post-AMI (Figure 2e); T2 showed greater sensitivity to edema compared to T1pre (30% vs 11% at week 1). Remote T2 fluctuations were similar to remote zone λ (Figure 2f); Remote T1pre did not show any changes in time.
Our study demonstrates that hemorrhage not only contributes to cellular and microvascular damage and inflammation but may further be responsible for edema and ECM expansion in distal remote myocardium. Early detection of remote tissue alterations will potentially aid better management of the high-risk patients who are prone to adverse long-term consequences.
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Ghugre, N.R., Ramanan, V., Assimopoulos, S. et al. T1 and T2 mapping reveal contribution of hemorrhage in myocardial remodeling following acute myocardial infarction. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 18 (Suppl 1), Q5 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1186/1532-429X-18-S1-Q5