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Metabolic MR imaging of regional triglyceride and creatine content in the human heart


Weiss, Kilian; Martini, Nicola; Boesiger, Peter; Kozerke, Sebastian (2012). Metabolic MR imaging of regional triglyceride and creatine content in the human heart. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 68(6):1696-1704.

Abstract

An optimized echo-planar spectroscopic imaging sequence is proposed to facilitate spatial mapping of triglyceride and total creatine content in the human heart. The sequence integrates local-look field of view reduction, cardiac and respiratory gating, and dedicated reconstruction steps to account for gradient channel delays, field inhomogeneity, and phase incoherence due to residual motion. The technique is demonstrated in 12 volunteers in comparison to single voxel point-resolved spectroscopy in the septal wall at 1.5 T. Triglyceride-to-water and total creatine-to-water ratios derived from echo-planar spectroscopic imaging (0.48 ± 0.18% and 0.06 ± 0.03%) and point-resolved spectroscopy (0.52 ± 0.17% and 0.07 ± 0.02%) were found to agree well. In the septal region, intraclass correlation coefficients ranging from 0.67 to 0.72 were estimated. A relatively weak agreement (intraclass correlation coefficients: 0.34 and 0.52) was found for sectors in the lateral wall due to field gradients induced by the posterior vein and limited sensitivity of the receive coil array in this area. On the basis of the findings, it is concluded that fast spectroscopic imaging of both cardiac triglyceride and total creatine content is feasible. Shimming and sensitivity challenges in the lateral region remain, however, to be addressed.

Abstract

An optimized echo-planar spectroscopic imaging sequence is proposed to facilitate spatial mapping of triglyceride and total creatine content in the human heart. The sequence integrates local-look field of view reduction, cardiac and respiratory gating, and dedicated reconstruction steps to account for gradient channel delays, field inhomogeneity, and phase incoherence due to residual motion. The technique is demonstrated in 12 volunteers in comparison to single voxel point-resolved spectroscopy in the septal wall at 1.5 T. Triglyceride-to-water and total creatine-to-water ratios derived from echo-planar spectroscopic imaging (0.48 ± 0.18% and 0.06 ± 0.03%) and point-resolved spectroscopy (0.52 ± 0.17% and 0.07 ± 0.02%) were found to agree well. In the septal region, intraclass correlation coefficients ranging from 0.67 to 0.72 were estimated. A relatively weak agreement (intraclass correlation coefficients: 0.34 and 0.52) was found for sectors in the lateral wall due to field gradients induced by the posterior vein and limited sensitivity of the receive coil array in this area. On the basis of the findings, it is concluded that fast spectroscopic imaging of both cardiac triglyceride and total creatine content is feasible. Shimming and sensitivity challenges in the lateral region remain, however, to be addressed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:14 Feb 2013 09:44
Last Modified:18 Aug 2018 08:14
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0740-3194
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/mrm.24178

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