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Abstract #3621

A Fully Quantitative Pixel Based Approach for Measuring Myocardial Blood Flow in First-Pass Contrast-Enhanced Perfusion MRI: Microspheres Validation in Dogs and Feasibility Study in Humans

Li-Yueh Hsu1, Daniel W. Groves1, Anthony H. Aletras1, Peter Kellman1, Andrew E. Arai1

1National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States

We developed a fully quantitative method to estimate myocardial blood flow (MBF) in first-pass contrast-enhanced perfusion MR images at the pixel level. The results were validated in an animal model and show that the MR perfusion estimates correlated with microspheres over a wide range of absolute MBF. To test feasibility in humans, the method was also applied to clinical perfusion MR images to estimate pixel-wise MBF at rest and during stress.