Influence of spatial resolution on the accuracy of quantitative myocardial perfusion in first pass stress perfusion CMR

N. Zarinibad, A. Chiribiri, G.L.T.F. Hautvast, M. Breeuwer, E. Nagel

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Abstract

Purpose High-resolution myocardial perfusion analysis allows for preserving spatial information with excellent sensitivity for subendocardial ischemia detection. However, it suffers from low signal-to-noise ratio. Commonly, spatial averaging is used to increase signal-to-noise ratio. This bears the risk of losing information about the extent, localization and transmurality of ischemia. This study investigates spatial-averaging effects on perfusion-estimates accuracy. Methods Perfusion data were obtained from patients and healthy volunteers. Spatial averaging was performed on voxel-based data in transmural and angular direction to reduce resolution to 50, 20, and 10% of its original value. Fit quality assessment method is used to measure the fraction of modeled information and remaining unmodeled information in the residuals. Results Fraction of modeled information decreased in patients as resolution reduced. This decrease was more evident for Fermi and exponential in transmural direction. Fermi and exponential showed significant difference at 50% resolution (Fermi P2 is necessary to avoid loss of physiological information due to spatial averaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1623-1631
Number of pages9
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

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