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Abstract #0200

Intrinsic MR visualization of RF lesions using IR-SSFP after MR-guided ablation

Philippa Krahn1,2, Venkat Ramanan2, Labonny Biswas2, Nicolas Yak2, Kevan Anderson2, Jennifer Barry2, Sheldon Singh3, Mihaela Pop1,2, and Graham A Wright1,2

1Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2Physical Sciences, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada, 3Cardiology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada

Here we explored an efficient imaging protocol for visualizing both the edema (reversible) and necrosis (irreversible) regions of myocardial injury in RF lesions. Using an MR-guided catheter system, we performed ablation in swine, immediately followed by T1-based imaging (IR-SSFP) and T2 mapping (T2-prepared SSFP) for lesion characterization. The areas of edema segmented from IR-SSFP images and T2 maps were visually similar and showed good correlation. IR-SSFP is known to visualize lesion cores at a specific TI--selecting an additional TI which emphasizes edema, we successfully demonstrated that both regions could be visualized by a single IR-SSFP acquisition.

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