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Eur Radiol. 2013 Jan;23(1):108-14. doi: 10.1007/s00330-012-2563-6. Epub 2012 Jul 8.

Macrocyclic contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging of chronic myocardial infarction: intraindividual comparison of gadobutrol and gadoterate meglumine.

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Department of Radiology, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Charité Campus Mitte, Charitéplatz 1, 10117, Berlin, Germany.



To compare 0.15 mmol/kg gadobutrol for late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) imaging of chronic myocardial infarction with a relaxivity-adjusted dose of gadoterate meglumine (Gd-DOTA).


Seventeen patients with suspected chronic myocardial infarction underwent LGE imaging at 1.5 T, acquiring an inversion-recovery-prepared gradient echo sequence 15 min after contrast agent administration. Each patient underwent LGE imaging twice, once after administration of 0.15 mmol/kg gadobutrol (r1 = 5.2 l mmol(-1) s(-1)) and after 0.22 mmol/kg Gd-DOTA (r1 = 3.6 l mmol(-1) s(-1)). Two readers independently determined infarct size and contrast-to-noise ratios of infarcted myocardium to remote myocardium (CNR(remote)) and to the left ventricular lumen (CNR(lumen)).


LGE was present in 14 patients. Infarct sizes determined after administration of gadobutrol [23.4 ml; 95 % CI (14.4; 32.5)] and Gd-DOTA [22.1 ml; 95 % CI (13.0; 31.1)] were not statistically different (P = 0.22). The CNR(remote) of LGE in infarcted myocardium on gadobutrol- and Gd-DOTA-enhanced images was 44.1 [95 % CI (31.0; 57.1)] and 45.2 [95 % CI (32.2; 58.3)], respectively (P = 0.73). CNR(lumen) was significantly higher on gadobutrol-enhanced LGE images [12.7; 95 % CI (2.5; 23.0) versus 6.8; 95 % CI (-3.5; 17.0); P = 0.02].


At relaxivity-adjusted doses, gadobutrol and Gd-DOTA yielded similar infarct sizes with superior contrast between infarcted myocardium and left ventricular lumen on gadobutrol-enhanced images.

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