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Fusion of MR coronary angiography and viability imaging

Feasibility and clinical value for the assignment of myocardial infarctions
: Seeger, A.; Hennemuth, A.; Klumpp, B.; Fenchel, M.; Kramer, U.; Bretschneider, C.; Mangold, S.; May, A.E.; Claussen, C.D.; Peitgen, H.-O.; Miller, S.


European journal of radiology : EJR 81 (2012), No.1, pp.71-76
ISSN: 0720-048X
ISSN: 1872-7727
Journal Article
Fraunhofer MEVIS ()

Purpose: To investigate the feasibility of image fusion of MR-coronary angiography (MRCA) and delayed gadolinium enhancement imaging (LGE) and to assign areas of myocardial infarction to the corresponding supplying coronary arteries. Materials and methods: An interactive segmentation of the coronary arteries was performed in MRCA data sets (n = 25). The LGE slices were matched onto the vessel segmentation to perform a fused analysis of coronary artery anatomy and LGE. The results were compared to the segmental model recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). Standard of reference was the identification of the culprit lesion in the invasive coronary angiography (CA) (n = 20). Results: The fused analysis allowed the assignment of MI to the supplying coronary artery in 13/20 patients. The sensitivities/specificities for the assignment of MI to the three main vessels were: LAD 63%/100%, LCX 75%/100%, and RCA 56%/100%, respectively. Using the AHA segmental model th e sensitivities/specificities for the correct assignment of MI to the three main vessels were: LAD 88%/58%, LCX 94%/75%, and RCA 77%/73%, respectively. Conclusion: Fusion images of MRCA and LGE provides added diagnostic information in the effort to determine the epicardial vessels responsible for the postischemic myocardial injury and therefore might be helpful to establish appropriate future therapeutic steps.