Single center experience with a prototype self-navigated 3D SSFP whole heart sequence in assessing coronary artery origin AUTHORS (LAST NAME
Arni Nutting1, Amos Varga-Szemes2, Shahryar Chowdhury1, Davide Piccini3, and Anthony Hlavacek1
1Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, United States, 2Radiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, United States, 3Lausanne, Switzerland
We performed a
retrospective review of studies obtained using a prototype, self navigated,
free breathing 3D SSFP sequence. Scans were reviewed for diagnostic sensitivity of
coronary artery origin, diagnostic quality, and were graded for the severity of
respiratory or cardiac motion or blood pool inhomogeneity. A diagnostic scan was
obtained in 80.7% of cases. Blood pool inhomogeneity was common but very rarely
affected diagnosis. The greatest factor affecting diagnostic ability was
cardiac motion. We concluded that self-navigated 3D sequences can
provide excellent sensitivity in diagnosing coronary origins with
time savings compared to diaphragm navigated sequences.
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