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Abstract #3258

Effects of a Gadolinium Based Contrast Agent on the Myocardial R2* Relaxation Rate in Patients with Chronic Myocardial Infarction

James W Goldfarb1, Nathaniel Reichek1, Jie J Cao1, and Dana C Peters2

1St Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY, United States, 2Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States

In this proof-of-concept study, we studied the effects of a contrast agent on R2*/T2* relaxation in dense myocardial fibrosis. A significant change in myocardial R2* was found after contrast and an R2* difference existed after contrast agent administration between fibrosis and remote myocardium. On average, viable myocardial R2* increased by 4.5 Hz while infarcted increased by 9.3 Hz at 1.5T with a clinical contrast agent.

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