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Inventi Impact - Radiology
(Formerly Inventi Rapid/Impact: Imaging)

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  • Inventi:him/77/14
    REPRODUCIBILITY OF SMALL ANIMAL CINE AND SCAR CARDIAC MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING USING A CLINICAL 3.0 TESLA SYSTEM
    Robert Manka, Cosima Jahnke, Thomas Hucko, Thore Dietrich, Rolf Gebker, Bernhard Schnackenburg, Kristof Graf, Ingo Paetsch

    Background: To evaluate the inter-study, inter-reader and intra-reader reproducibility of cardiac cine and scar imaging in rats using a clinical 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance (MR) system. Methods: Thirty-three adult rats (Sprague–Dawley) were imaged 24 hours after surgical occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery using a 3.0 Tesla clinical MR scanner (Philips Healthcare, Best, The Netherlands) equipped with a dedicated 70 mm solenoid receive-only coil. Left-ventricular (LV) volumes, mass, ejection fraction and amount of myocardial scar tissue were measured. Intra-and inter-observer reproducibility was assessed in all animals. In addition, repeat MR exams were performed in 6 randomly chosen rats within 24 hours to assess inter-study reproducibility. Results: The MR imaging protocol was successfully completed in 32 (97%) animals. Bland-Altman analysis demonstrated high intra-reader reproducibility (mean bias%: LV end-diastolic volume (LVEDV), -1.7%; LV end-systolic volume (LVESV), -2.2%; LV ejection fraction (LVEF), 1.0%; LV mass, -2.7%; and scar mass, -1.2%) and high inter-reader reproducibility (mean bias%: LVEDV, 3.3%; LVESV, 6.2%; LVEF, -4.8%; LV mass, -1.9%; and scar mass, -1.8%). In addition, a high inter-study reproducibility was found (mean bias%: LVEDV, 0.1%; LVESV, -1.8%; LVEF, 1.0%; LV mass, -4.6%; and scar mass, -6.2%). Conclusions: Cardiac MR imaging of rats yielded highly reproducible measurements of cardiac volumes/function and myocardial infarct size on a clinical 3.0 Tesla MR scanner system. Consequently, more widely available high field clinical MR scanners can be employed for small animal imaging of the heart e.g. when aiming at serial assessments during therapeutic intervention studies.

    How to Cite this Article
    CC Compliant Citation: Manka et al.: Reproducibility of small animal cine and scar cardiac magnetic resonance imaging using a clinical 3.0 tesla system. BMC Medical Imaging 2013 13:44, doi:10.1186/1471-2342-13-44.
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