The study was institutional review board approved and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliant. All subjects provided informed consent. Three-dimensional breath-hold coronary magnetic resonance (MR) angiography with use of steady-state free precession was performed in 12 patients up to 20 minutes after 0.2 mmol gadolinium-based contrast material per kilogram of body weight was administered. Within 24 heartbeats, a spatial resolution of up to 1.0 × 1.2 × 2.0 mm was achieved. Sixty-five (82%) of the 79 visualized coronary artery segments had a grade of 3 or 4 on a four-point scale of depiction in which grade 4 indicated excellent depiction. Twenty-seven percent (n = 21) of the 79 segments were assigned a grade of 4; 56% (n = 44), a grade of 3; 16% (n = 13), a grade of 2; and 1% (n = 1), a grade of 1. Coronary MR angiography performed as part of a first-pass myocardial perfusion and viability assessment MR imaging examination is feasible and does not involve additional imaging time.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging