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Abstract #0179

Initial Experience in Patients for Highly Accelerated Free-Breathing Whole-Heart Coronary MRA

Christoph Forman 1 , Christoph Tillmanns 2 , Michael O. Zenge 1 , and Michaela Schmidt 1

1 Siemens AG, Healthcare, Imaging and Therapy Systems, Magnetic Resonance, Erlangen, Germany, 2 Diagnostikum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

3D whole-heart magnetic resonance angiography (CMRA) with high isotropic resolution allows the assessment of the complete cardiac anatomy including the coronary arteries. The highly accelerated data acquisition with sparse, incoherent sampling enables its integration into routine clinical examination even with navigator-gating. In this work, the resulting image quality and diagnostic performance of sparse CMRA was evaluated in patients and compared to computed tomography angiography (CTA). Although CMRA was inferior to CTA, it provides a promising radiation-free method visualizing congenital malformations and has great potential for screening, e.g. to assess the risk of sudden cardiac death.

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