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Isr Med Assoc J. 2013 May;15(5):205-9.

Dobutamine stress MRI for the assessment of coronary artery disease: initial clinical experience in Israel.

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Heart Institute, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel. Ashraf.Hamdan@sheba.health.gov.il

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Over the past few years dobutamine stress magnetic resonance (DSMR) has proven its efficacy as an integral part of the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD).

OBJECTIVES:

To present the feasibility and safety of DSMR in Israel.

METHODS:

Thirty patients with suspected or known CAD were studied. DSMR images were acquired during short breath-holds in three short axis views and four-, two-, and three-chamber views. Patients were examined at rest and during a standard dobutamine-atropine protocol. Regional wall motion was assessed in a 16-segment model and the image quality was evaluated using a four-point scale for the visibility of the endocardial border.

RESULTS:

In 28 patients (93.4%) DSMR was successfully performed and completed within an average of 55 +/- 6 minutes. One patient could not be examined because of claustrophobia and another patient, who was on beta-blockers, did not reach the target heart rate. Image quality was excellent and there was no difference between the rest and stress images in short axis (3.91 +/- 0.29 vs. 3.88 +/- 0.34, P = 0.13, respectively) and long axis (3.83 +/- 0.38 vs. 3.70 +/- 0.49, P = 0.09, respectively) views. Segmental intra-observer agreement for wall motion contractility at rest and stress cine images was almost perfect (K = 0.88, 95% confidence interval = 0.93-0.84, and K = 0.82, 95% CI = 0.88-0.76) respectively. No serious side effects were observed during DSMR.

CONCLUSION:

The present study confirms the feasibility, safety and excellent image quality of DSMR for the diagnosis of coronary artery diseases.

PMID:
23841238
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