Myocardial tagging with steady state free precession techniques and semi-automatic postprocessing - Impact on diagnostic value

Thorsten R.C. Johnson, Nicole Bayrhof, Armin Huber, Joost P.A. Kuijer, Roger Luechinger, Olaf Dietrich, Dietrich Stoevesandt, Dorthe Pedersen, Maximilian F. Reiser, Stefan O. Schoenberg

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Our aim was to determine the diagnostic value of myocardial tagging sequences with regard to the evaluable share of the cardiac cycle. Thirty-three patients were examined at 1.5 T using tagging sequences with gradient-echo (GRE) readout, 18 patients at 1.5 T with steady-state free precession (SSFP), and 11 patients at 3 T using GRE. Two observers graded image quality and determined the share of the cardiac cycle for which postprocessing could be performed (1, optimal; 2, little interaction; 3, whole cycle assessable; 4, diastole non-assessable; 5, systole incomplete; 6, non-diagnostic). With GRE at 1.5 T, median image quality was 4.0 (95% CI 4.0-5.0), while it was significantly better with 2.0 (2.0-3.0) using the SSFP technique and similar at 3 T with 2.9 (1.7-3.5). With GRE at 1.5 T, systole could be assessed in 69% of patients, and an evaluation of the whole cardiac cycle was not possible. With the SSFP sequence at 1.5 T and GRE at 3 T, an evaluation of the whole cardiac cycle was possible in 71% and 70% of the patients, respectively, and systole was assessable in all patients. Tagging sequences with SSFP readout at 1.5 T make a semi-automatic evaluation of the whole cardiac cycle feasible in a large share of patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2218-2224
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Radiology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


  • Cardiac mri
  • Myocardial tagging
  • Wall motion

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