Shams Rashid1, Stanislas Rapacchi1, Kyung H. Sung1, Marmar Vaseghi2, Kalyanam Shivkumar2, J. Paul Finn1, Peng Hu1
1Radiological Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States; 2Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recent studies show that cardiac MRI,including LGE MRI, can be safely performed in patients with implanted cardiac devices (ICDs and pacemakers). However, the current LGE sequence suffers from hyperintensity artifacts, which prevent diagnostic utility of the images or give rise to false detection of scar tissue. We designed a new LGE sequence which utilizes a wideband inversion pulse that can resolve these artifacts. We used both the standard LGE sequence and our new sequence to image a volunteer and two ICD patients, and demonstrated that our new sequence can correct the artifacts and prevent incorrect assessment of myocardial scar.