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Magn Reson Med. 1994 Apr;31(4):401-13.

True myocardial motion tracking.

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Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland.


Myocardial tagging is a powerful tool for the assessment of in-plane cardiac motion. However, for previous myocardial tagging techniques, the imaged slice is fixed with respect to the magnet coordinate system. Thus, images acquired at different heart phases do not always represent the same slice of the myocardium. A new myocardial tagging technique is presented, which takes the through-plane motion into consideration. It involves tagging of the desired myocardial slice and applying a subtraction imaging technique to image just that part of the myocardium. The examination time can be reduced considerably by the acquisition of two one-dimensionally tagged images. To increase the signal-to-noise ratio especially at later heart phases, variable imaging RF excitation flip angles are applied. To reduce motion artifacts a repetitive breathhold scheme was applied. In vivo results demonstrate that the tags can be accurately tracked within the entire heart period with a temporal resolution of 35 ms, even at a top basal level of the heart and right ventricle.

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