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Abstract #0699

Qualitative and Quantitative Myocardial Perfusion with Arterial Spin Labeling

Ulrike Blume1, Matthias Guenther2, Amedeo Chiribiri1, Sven Plein1,3, Tobias Schaeffter1

1Division of Imaging Sciences, King's College London, London, UK; 2University Clinic of Neurology, Mannheim, Germany; 3Academic Unit of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Arterial spin labelling (ASL) is an alternative to first pass imaging and can be performed without the need for contrast agent. Perfusion imaging using ASL can therefore be repeated several times and requires no timing of a bolus of contrast agent. In this study, the combination of qualitative and quantitative assessment of myocardial perfusion is presented in only two breath holds. Therefore this technique can be applied multiple times at different positions to fully assess the whole myocardium. Furthermore, a quantitative assessment can then be planned on these images and the absolute quantification of myocardial perfusion allows acquisition of high resolution perfusion-maps in one single breath hold.