Dirk Ernst Johannes Cleppien1, Georg Horstick2, Nico Abegunewardene2, Stefan Weber1, Christian Ernst Mueller1, Axel Heimann3, Karl-Friedrich Kreitner, Oliver Kempski3, Wolfgang Gnther Schreiber1
1Section of Medical Physics, Department of Radiology, Mainz University Clinical School, Mainz, Germany; 2Department of Cardiology, Mainz University Clinical School, Mainz, Germany; 3Department of Neurosurgical Pathophysiology, Mainz University Clinical School, Mainz, Germany
Robust quantification of myocardial blood flow using dynamic contrast enhanced MRI depends strongly on the absence of respiratory heart motion. The common clinical approach uses breath-holding to minimize this problem, but in cases with a poor breath-hold the remaining motion renders reliable measurements almost impossible. As a result it may be hard to detect cardiac tissue with abnormal perfusion. Another approach for freezing hearts motion is prospective slice tracking (PST). In this study PST was compared under free-breathing condition to breath-hold measurements. As a result PST significantly reduces variation of results induced by residual cardiac motion in both conditions.