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Abstract #1234

Coronary Artery Plaque Imaging: Comparison of Black-Blood MRI and 64-MDCT

Yi He1, Zhaoqi Zhang1, Qinyi Dai1, Wei Yu1, Biao Lu1, Zhanming Fan1, Jing An2, Lixin Jin3, Guobin Li4, Wolfgang Rehwald5, Renate Jerecic3, Debiao Li6

1department of radiology, An zhen hospital, Beijing, China; 2Siemens Mindit Magnetic Resonance, Siemens Healthcare, MR Collaboration NE Asia; 3Siemens Limited China, Siemens Healthcare, MR Collaboration NE Asia; 4Siemens Mindit Magnetic Resonance Ltd; 5Siemens Healthcare USA; 6Northwestern University, Chicago USA

This study was to evaluate the ability of black-blood coronary wall MRI to identify and classify coronary plaques by comparing with 64-MDCT.15 patients underwent black-blood coronary wall MRI and coronary 64-MDCT. In MRI, the plaque burden, maximal wall thickness, SNR, CNR in the coronary walls containing plaques were greater than those of the normal coronary walls.The SNR in the soft plaque was greater than those in calcified and mixed plaques. The conclusion was coronary wall MRI can identify coronary plaques, and has the potential to differentiate plaque types based on signal intensity.