Melanie S. Kotys1, Xiaopeng Zhou2, Scott D. Flamm2, Randy M. Setser2
1MR Clinical Science, Philips
Myocardial tags applied in radial orientation using selective saturation bands may have distinct advantages over SPAMM methods for routine clinical examinations. We compared radial tagged images with 4-16 tag lines and grid tagged images in five volunteers. Analysis revealed that radial tags persisted longer than grid tags and had a comparable first acquired cardiac phase. There was no significant difference in end systolic strain or rotation and 12 radial tag lines had the least variation in both measures. Application of radial tags appears to be as efficient as SPAMM tagging with the potential for clinical analysis of circumferential myocardial function.