Phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (PC-MRI) can be used to produce multiframe cine flow images of the coronary arteries. Accurate coronary flow measurement requires the elimination of respiratory motion artifacts using k-space segmentation to acquire the data in a single breath-hold. However, the duration of the breath-hold is proportional to the number of cine frames. In the present study, the number of cine frames was varied and the accuracies of the coronary flow measurements were assessed using perivascular US. For the range of flows studied (2 ml/min to 147 ml/min), the correlation coefficients for PC-MRI and US increased (.70-.98) and the limits of agreement improved (±45 ml·min-1 to ±10 ml·min-1) as the number of cine frames increased from one to six. The results suggest that the accuracy of breath-hold cine PC-MRI measurements of coronary artery flow improves as the number of cine frames increases.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging