Jie J. Cao1, Yi Wang1,2, William Schapiro1, Jeannette McLaughlin1, Joshua Cheng1, Michael Passick1, Nathaniel Reichek1,2
1Research, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY, USA; 2Biomedical Engineering, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY, USA
Many pulmonary diseases affect pulmonary vasculature whether primarily or secondarily. In patients with advanced primary pulmonary hypertension pulmonary perfusion is marked reduced. Therefore quantitative pulmonary perfusion may be clinically useful in diagnosing pulmonary vascular abnormalities. In this study we investigated 2D dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using a saturation recovery SSFP sequence to quantitatively analyze pulmonary perfusion in normal volunteers.