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Abstract #3916

A Saturation-Recovery Inversion-Recovery black-Blood GRE Sequence for Detection of Delayed Enhancement in the Assessment of Myocardial Infarction at 3.0 Tesla Preliminary Results

Kerstin Ulrike Bauner1, Andreas F. Biffar1, Martin Greif2, Alexander Becker2, Chistian Glaser1, Maximilian F. Reiser1, Armin M. Huber1

1Department of Clinical Radiology, University of Munich; Grosshadern hospitals, Munich, Germany; 2Department of Cardiology, University of Munich; Grosshadern hospitals, Munich, Germany

Small subendocardial infarctions are sometimes difficult to identify in late enhancement MRI, especially when the left ventricular cavity is bright. The aim of the study was therefore to image myocardial infarction with a multislice saturation recovery (SR) inversion recovery (IR) GRE sequence to null both, the signal of normal myocardium and blood in the ventricular cavity. A standard IR-GRE sequence in multislice technique served as reference technique. The calculation of contrast-to-noise ratios (CNR) resulted in no statistically significant differences regarding infarction/myocardium, however, CNR of infarction/left ventricular cavity was significantly higher in the SR-IR-GRE sequence. Image quality was equal.