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Abstract #3287

Accelerated 3-Tesla Cardiac T2-Mapping at End-Systole for Improved Transmural Map Consistency and Accuracy

Ronald J Beyers1, Adil Bashir1, and Thomas S Denney1
1MRI Research Center, Auburn University, Auburn University, AL, United States

CMR T2-mapping is needed to assess myocardial edema after such events as acute myocardial infarction, myocarditis and tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy. Many T2mapping sequences have been developed, but most suffer from design shortcuts that degrade their accuracy, consistency and prognostic value. T2maps from four-point T2 curve-fits at end-systole (ES) would have maximum wall thickness and fewest artifacts for better prognostic value. We present a new sequence that produces accurate four-point T2maps at ES within a 24-second breathhold at 3T. This sequence was tested on phantoms and healthy human volunteers to present superior results.

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