Precision of myocardial contour estimation from tagged MR images with a 'black-blood' technique

P. Croisille, M. A. Guttman, E. Atalar, E. R. McVeigh, E. A. Zerhouni

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Rationale and Objectives. The authors determined whether blood presaturation of tagged magnetic resonance (MR) images affects identification of left ventricular endocardial borders. Materials and Methods. Three healthy volunteers underwent MR imaging performed with a breath-hold segmented spoiled gradient-recalled-echo sequence with tissue tagging. Two saturation pulses (in the basal and apical regions) were used to generate black-blood images. Manual segmentation of endocardial contours on black-blood and white- blood images was performed independently by five observers. Results. Endocardial borders were better identified on black-blood images compared with white-blood images, especially in the early systolic phases. Interobserver variability in contour estimation was significantly higher for white-blood images (P < .001) and was twice that for corresponding black- blood images during early systole. Contour variability appeared to be affected mainly by tag-to-myocardium contrast (P = .009) and myocardium-to- chamber contrast (P = .05). Conclusion. Blood presaturation of tagged MR images improves reliability of contour segmentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-100
Number of pages8
JournalAcademic radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Heart, MR
  • Heart, function
  • Magnetic resonance (MR), comparative study
  • Magnetic resonance (MR), pulse sequences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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