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Abstract #1195

Quantification of Cardiac Fat Volume in Humans Using 3D SSFP Imaging

Spincemaille P, Nguyen T, Prince M, Wang Y
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Cardiac fat signal has been used successfully for measuring bulk cardiac motion. The accuracy of this novel approach depends upon the amount of fat within and around the heart. Currently, quantitative description of the human cardiac fat is lacking. The objective of this study is to estimate the cardiac fat volume using a fast 3D fat-selective pulse sequence. Our preliminary data show that the cardiac fat volume is substantial (115 52 ml, or 11 3% of the heart volume, n = 5).