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Noninvasive test of nitrate-induced coronary vasomotion by 1.5-T whole-heart 3D magnetic resonance angiography using a T2-prepared SSFP sequence.
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PMID:  22187200     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This study was aimed to investigate the use of 1.5-T whole-heart 3D coronary MRA employing a T2-prepared SSFP sequence for assessing epicardial coronary artery vasodilation following exogenous nitrates. Navigator-gated whole-heart 3D coronary MRA was performed before and after sublingual nitroglycerin (NTG) in 22 volunteers and a T2-prepared SSFP sequence was used for imaging of coronary arteries without MR contrast agent. Coronary cross-sectional area was measured on pre- and post-NTG images of equivalent coronary segments in the major coronary arteries and whole-heart coronary vasodilation was analyzed quantitatively. Measurements were obtained by two independent investigators. Coronary vasodilation could be observed directly on multiplanar reformatted and three-dimensional volume-rendered MR images. On quantitative analysis, NTG administration results in the whole-heart coronary vasodilation by an average of 37.3 ± 12.7%. There was moderate yet significant correlation between the NTG-induced vasodilation and age (r = -0.52, P = 0.02). The mean absolute cross-sectional area of the coronary arteries was significantly higher after sublingual NTG in all the major coronary arteries. The coronary area measurements had an interobserver variability of 8 ± 3% and an intraoberver variability of 4 ± 2%. Non-contrast-enhanced 1.5-T SSFP whole-heart coronary MRA can noninvasively measure endothelium-independent coronary vasodilation over the entire heart with high feasibility and is a promising noninvasive method to explore whole-heart coronary smooth muscle cell function following exogenous nitrates in clinical practice.
Hang Jin; Meng-Su Zeng; Hong Yun; Mei-Ying Ge; Jian-Ying Ma; Shan Yang
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-21
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Title:  The international journal of cardiovascular imaging     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1875-8312     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
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Created Date:  2011-12-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100969716     Medline TA:  Int J Cardiovasc Imaging     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Radiology, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University and Shanghai Medical Imaging Institute, 180#, Feng Lin Road, Shanghai, 200032, China,
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