Jim M. Wild1, Martin H. Deppe1, Juan Parra-Robles1, Smitha Rajaram1, David Kiely1, Charlie Elliot1, Helen Marshall1
1University of Sheffield, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Contrast enhanced (CE) lung perfusion 1H MRI provides volumetric information on pulmonary perfusion. Hyperpolarised 3He MRI provides regional information on ventilation heterogeneity and is sensitive to alveolar oxygen partial pressure. Oxygen enhanced 1H MRI is also sensitive to ventilation and perfusion if it is assumed that the signal enhancement originates from oxygen dissolved in the pulmonary blood compartment. These three complementary functional lung MRI techniques have yet to be tested side by side in-vivo. In this study the methods are compared in a patient with Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) whose pulmonary vascular bed shows significant heterogeneity and V/Q mismatch.