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Abstract #1017

Model-based quantitative mapping for highly accelerated first-pass perfusion cardiac MRI

Teresa Correia1, Torben Schneider2, and Amedeo Chiribiri1
1School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, King's College London, London, United Kingdom, 2Philips Healthcare, Guildford, United Kingdom

First-pass perfusion cardiac MR (FP-CMR) is becoming essential for evaluating myocardial ischemia. However, FP-CMR requires ECG-gating and breath-holding, leading to a trade-off between spatial resolution and coverage. Moreover, perfusion abnormalities are often identified visually by highly trained operators. Recently, quantitative FP-CMR and compressed sensing (CS) have been proposed to reduce operator-dependency and moderately accelerate acquisitions, respectively. Here, a model-based reconstruction is proposed to directly estimate quantitative myocardial perfusion maps from highly undersampled acquisitions. Thus, allowing for higher spatial resolution and coverage than indirect methods, where dynamic images are reconstructed using CS and quantitative maps are obtained subsequently using tracer-kinetic modeling.

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