Michael Ingrisch1, Daniel Maxien1, Felix Schwab1, Maximilian F. Reiser1, Konstantin Nikolaou1, Olaf Dietrich1
1Institute for Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital, Munich, Germany
Pulmonary perfusion can be assessed with a DCE MRI measurement which is usually performed during breath hold. However, pulmonary perfusion depends strongly on the phase of the breathing cycle during which breath hold is performed. This leads to a poor reproducibility of quantitative estimates of pulmonary perfusion. Since it was recently demonstrated that pulmonary perfusion can also be assessed from a measurement during free breathing, this volunteer study therefore investigates whether an acquisition during free breathing, which also has a better patient compliance, leads to parameter estimates with a better reproducibility than an acquisition during inspiratory breath hold.