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J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2002 Sep-Oct;26(5):676-80.

Cine-MR Fourier phase imaging for quantification of regional wall asynergy in patients with anterior myocardial infarction.

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Département de Médecine Nucléaire, Centre Henri Becquerel et CHU de Rouen, France.

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  • J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2003 Jan-Feb;27(1):103..



The aim of this study was to evaluate whether Fourier analysis of cine-MR could detect wall motion abnormalities in patients with myocardial infarction.


Ten patients with anterior myocardial infarction (seven men and three women; mean age, 58 +/- 16 years) were compared with six control subjects (four men and two women; mean age, 49 +/- 24 years). Gradient echo cardiac cine-MR slices were transformed using a commercially available Fourier algorithm to obtain phase angles of endocardial segments. Mean phase angle and phase dispersion (i.e., SD around the mean) were calculated. Segmental wall motion was evaluated using a 16-segment model and correlated to Fourier phase analysis.


Mean phase angle and phase dispersion were increased in patients compared with control subjects (respectively, 191 degrees +/- 23 degrees vs. 161 degrees +/- 25 degrees, P < 0.0001 and 21 degrees +/- 10 degrees vs. 11 degrees +/- 8 degrees, P = 0.0007). Analysis of variance showed a significant increased dispersion on basal slices (P = 0.002) mostly due to flow-void and entry slice phenomenon.


Fourier phase analysis of cardiac cine-MR is feasible and allows the evaluation of ventricular asynergy on the basis of endocardial wall motion.

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