Amelie Lutz

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  • Assessment of skeletal muscle perfusion by contrast medium first-pass magnetic resonance imaging: Technical feasibility and preliminary experience in healthy volunteers JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING Lutz, A. M., Weishaupt, D., Amann-Vesti, B. R., Pfammatter, T., Goepfert, K., Marincek, B., Nanz, D. 2004; 20 (1): 111-121


    To probe the potential and pitfalls of contrast medium first-pass skeletal muscle perfusion imaging under reproducible stress conditions.Magnetic resonance (MR) signal dynamics in calf muscle and lower-leg arteries of 20 healthy volunteers were analyzed under postarterial occlusion reactive hyperemia and concurrent contrast medium first pass, using a saturation recovery spoiled gradient-echo type sequence without heartbeat synchronization. The signal vs. time curves were analyzed descriptively and by two-compartment deconvolution analysis.Highly significant changes in calf muscle signal dynamics in the hyperemic leg vs. those in the contralateral leg at rest were found in phenomenological and deconvolution analysis. Although a distortion of the arterial signal derived input function by inflow effects was found to cause large variations of the deconvolution results, the magnitude of the observed effects suggested a potential for immediate visual detection of areas with reduced tissue perfusion.The first-pass approach appeared promising for visual evaluation. However, a disentanglement of inflow and contrast medium-induced effects on arterial signal intensity was deemed a prerequisite for input function-based numerical assessment.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/jmri.20092

    View details for Web of Science ID 000222411900015

    View details for PubMedID 15221816

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