Kelvin Chow1, Jacqueline Flewitt2, Jordin Green3, Matthias Friedrich2,4, Richard Thompson1
1Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; 2Stephenson CMR Centre at the Libin Institute of Alberta, Department of Cardiac Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 3Siemens Healthcare, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 4Department of Radiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Myocardial and blood T1 mapping was performed in 9 healthy subjects using a custom saturation recovery SSFP sequence on a single mid-ventricular short axis slice at 1.5T. Images were acquired at baseline and repeated at one-minute intervals following a gadolinium bolus injection and the blood-tissue partition coefficient was derived at each time point to determine the time-course relationship. At 15 min post contrast, average myocardial T1 was 71938ms and lambda was 0.390.05. Over the 1015 minute post contrast window, myocardial T1 values increased by 6% and the derived partition coefficient increased by only 1%.