Sotirios Athanasios Tsaftaris1,2, Veronica Rundell2, Xiangzhi Zhou2, Ying Liu2, Richard Tang2, Debiao Li2, Rohan Dharmakumar2
Engineering & Computer Science, Northwestern University,
Vasodilatory stress has been used to probe myocardial oxygenation changes due to coronary artery stenosis on the basis of BOLD MRI. However, since vasodilation is typically achieved with provocative stress, approaches that can identify the presence of stenosis on the basis of microvascular alterations at rest are highly desirable. In this work, using controlled animals studies and theoretical simulations we demonstrate that cardiac phase-resolved BOLD MRI may be used to identify ischemic territories at rest.