Benjamin R. Knowles1, Claudia Prieto1, Reza Razavi1, Tobias Schaeffter1
Current late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) techniques for the visualisation of RF ablation lesions do not reach sufficient resolution to determine if ablation lesions are transmural, We have formed a strategy to assess ablation lesion transmurality using the combination of high resolution LGE and atrial wall imaging. Both MR scans use a spiral k-space trajectory as this trajectory is a highly efficient sampling scheme. Off-resonance effects are corrected for. High-resolution LGE images are compared to the lower resolution Cartesian LGE currently in use. Thickness measurements of the atrial wall and of the enhancing areas are conducted in order to assess transmurality.