Evaluation of accelerated motion-compensated 3d water/fat late gadolinium enhanced MR for atrial wall imagingRevista : Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics Biology and Medicine
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Objective: 3D late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) imaging is a promising non-invasive technique for the assessment of atrial fibrosis. However, current techniques result in prolonged and unpredictable scan times and high rates of non-diagnostic images. The purpose of this study was to compare the performance of a recently proposed accelerated respiratory motion-compensated 3D water/fat LGE technique with conventional 3D LGE for atrial wall imaging.Materials and methods: 18 patients (age: 55.7±17.1 years) with atrial fibrillation underwent conventional diaphragmatic navigator gated inversion recovery (IR)-prepared 3D LGE (dNAV) and proposed image-navigator motion-corrected water/fat IR-prepared 3D LGE (iNAV) imaging. Images were assessed for image quality and presence of fibrosis by three expert observers. The scan time for both techniques was recorded.Results: Image quality scores were improved with the proposed compared to the conventional method (iNAV: 3.1 ± 1.0 vs. dNAV: 2.6 ± 1.0, p = 0.0012, with 1: Non-diagnostic to 4: Full diagnostic). Furthermore, scan time for the proposed method was significantly shorter with a 59% reduction is scan time (4.5 ± 1.2 min vs. 10.9 ± 3.9 min, p < 0.0001). The images acquired with the proposed method were deemed as inconclusive less frequently than the conventional images (expert 1/expert 2: 4/7 dNAV and 2/4 iNAV images inconclusive).Discussion: The motion-compensated water/fat LGE method enables atrial wall imaging with diagnostic quality comparable to the current conventional approach with a significantly shorter scan of about 5 min.