OBJECTIVES: This study aimed at evaluating left ventricular myocardial pixel-wise T2* using two truncation methods for different iron deposition T2* ranges and comparison of segmental T2* in different coronary artery territories.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Bright blood multi-gradient echo data of 30 patients were quantified by pixel-wise monoexponential T2* fitting with its R2 and SNR truncation. T2* was analyzed at different iron classifications. At low iron classification, T2* values were also analyzed by coronary artery territories.
RESULTS: The right coronary artery has a significantly higher T2* value than the other coronary artery territories. No significant difference was found in classifying severe iron by the two truncation methods in any myocardial region, whereas in moderate iron, it is only apparent at septal segments. The R2 truncation produces a significantly higher T2* value than the SNR method when low iron is indicated.
CONCLUSION: Clear T2* differentiation between the three coronary territories by the two truncation methods is demonstrated. The two truncation methods can be used interchangeably in classifying severe and moderate iron deposition at the recommended septal region. However, in patients with low iron indication, different results by the two truncation methods can mislead the investigation of early iron level progression.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Magnetic resonance materials in physics biology and medicine|
|Early online date||18-Apr-2022|
|Publication status||Published - Oct-2022|