Daniel James Stuckey1, Carolyn A. Carr1, Stephanie Meader1, Damian J. Tyler1, Kieran Clarke1
1Department of Physiology, Anatomy and
We developed a first-pass cardiac perfusion imaging method which identified regions of perfusion deficit in the infarcted rat heart. Seven days after infarction, cine-MRI was combined with first-pass imaging, which acquired one image per heartbeat during Gd-DTPA bolus. Perfusion deficit at 7 days was larger in rats that went on to develop greater cardiac impairment by 42 days, and provided a more accuracy early indicator of the extent of myocardial infarction than ejection fraction. First-pass MRI will be useful for evaluation of rodent models of human disease and experimental therapies, including cytokine and stem-cell mediated angiogenesis in the infarcted heart.