James F. Glockner1, Jae K. Oh2, Manojkumar Saranathan3
1Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States; 2Cardiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States; 3GE Healthcare, Waukeshau, WI, United States
Pericardial enhancement has been correlated with pathologic evidence of inflammation, and therefore can serve as a marker of pericarditis. Visualization of pericardial enhancement with MRI can be limited using traditional delayed enhancement sequences without fat suppression. We assessed a 3D Dixon FGRE fat-water separated delayed enhancement sequence in 21 patients with known or suspected pericarditis, and found that pericardial visualization and confidence in presence or absence of pericardial enhancement were significantly improved in comparison to a standard 2D DE pulse sequence.