Cancer Institute A national cancer institute
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Dwight Nishimura

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  • Free-Breathing Multiphase Whole-Heart Coronary MR Angiography Using Image-Based Navigators and Three-Dimensional Cones Imaging MAGNETIC RESONANCE IN MEDICINE Wu, H. H., Gurney, P. T., Hu, B. S., Nishimura, D. G., McConnell, M. V. 2013; 69 (4): 1083-1093


    Noninvasive visualization of the coronary arteries in vivo is one of the most important goals in cardiovascular imaging. Compared to other paradigms for coronary MR angiography, a free-breathing three-dimensional whole-heart iso-resolution approach simplifies prescription effort, requires less patient cooperation, reduces overall exam time, and supports retrospective reformats at arbitrary planes. However, this approach requires a long continuous acquisition and must account for respiratory and cardiac motion throughout the scan. In this work, a new free-breathing coronary MR angiography technique that reduces scan time and improves robustness to motion is developed. Data acquisition is accomplished using a three-dimensional cones non-Cartesian trajectory, which can reduce the number of readouts 3-fold or more compared to conventional three-dimensional Cartesian encoding and provides greater robustness to motion/flow effects. To further enhance robustness to motion, two-dimensional navigator images are acquired to directly track respiration-induced displacement of the heart and enable retrospective compensation of all acquired data (none discarded) for image reconstruction. In addition, multiple cardiac phases are imaged to support retrospective selection of the best phase(s) for visualizing each coronary segment. Experimental results demonstrate that whole-heart coronary angiograms can be obtained rapidly and robustly with this proposed technique.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/mrm.24346

    View details for Web of Science ID 000316629300020

    View details for PubMedID 22648856

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