Davide Piccini1, 2, Christophe Sierro3, Juerg Schwitter3, Pierre Monney3, Gabriella Vincenti3, Simon C. Koestner3, Didier Locca3, Tobias Rutz3, Arne Littmann4, Michael O. Zenge4, Gunnar Krueger1, 5, Matthias Stuber2
1Advanced Clinical Imaging Technology, Siemens Healthcare IM S AW, Lausanne, Switzerland; 2Department of Radiology, University Hospital (CHUV) and University of Lausanne (UNIL) / Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM), Lausanne, Switzerland; 3Division of Cardiology and Cardiac MR Center, University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland; 4MR Application and Workflow Development, Healthcare Sector, Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany; 5CIBM-AIT, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
While self-navigated (SN) whole heart coronary MRA data have successfully been acquired in healthy adult subjects, the performance of this technique remains to be ascertained in patients with suspected or established coronary artery disease (CAD). In this work our 3D radial SN whole-heart technique was optionally integrated in clinical examinations of 60 patients with suspected or confirmed CAD. All coronary segments were graded by experts and compared with x-ray angiography, when available, for detection of stenoses. The SN technique was also tested for identification of congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries.