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Radiology. 2004 Dec;233(3):921-6. Epub 2004 Oct 29.

Myocardial infarction: optimization of inversion times at delayed contrast-enhanced MR imaging.

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Department of Radiology-MRI, New York University Medical Center, 530 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016, USA.


Seventeen patients underwent magnetic resonance (MR) imaging for myocardial viability with a protocol approved by the institutional review board and gave written informed consent. Breath-hold cine inversion-recovery segmented k-space true fast imaging with steady-state precession sequence, referred to as inversion time (TI) mapping, was performed to determine optimal TI for myocardial infarction inversion-recovery imaging. From TI mapping, optimal TI was 180-315 msec 10-15 minutes after administration of 0.15 mmol/kg of gadolinium-based contrast material. At that optimal TI, relative signal intensity of infarcted myocardium compared with uninfarcted myocardium was maximal (mean +/- standard deviation, 297.8% +/- 86.5), whereas signal-to-noise ratio of uninfarcted myocardium was minimal (4.5 +/- 1.2). When applied to conventional myocardial infarction inversion-recovery imaging, optimal TI resulted in nulling of signal intensity of uninfarcted myocardium in all patients and in excellent conspicuity of infarcted myocardium in all nine patients with visible infarction.

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