Susceptibility-weighted cardiovascular magnetic resonance in comparison to T2 and T2 star imaging for detection of intramyocardial hemorrhage following acute myocardial infarction at 3 Tesla


Intramyocardial hemorrhage (IMH) identified by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is an established prognostic marker following acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Detection of IMH by T2-weighted or T2 star CMR can be limited by long breath hold times and sensitivity to artefacts, especially at 3T.

We compared the image quality and diagnostic ability of susceptibility-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (SW MRI) with T2-weighted and T2 star CMR to detect IMH at 3T.

Methods: Forty-nine patients (42 males; mean age 58 years, range 35-76) underwent 3T cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) 2 days following re-perfused AMI. T2-weighted, T2 star and SW MRI images were obtained.

Signal and contrast measurements were compared between the three methods and diagnostic accuracy of SW MRI was assessed against T2w images by 2 independent, blinded observers. Image quality was rated on a 4-point scale from 1 (unusable) to 4 (excellent).

Results: Of 49 patients, IMH was detected in 20 (41%) by SW MRI, 21 (43%) by T2-weighted and 17 (34%) by T2 star imaging (p = ns).

Compared to T2-weighted imaging, SW MRI had sensitivity of 93% and specificity of 86%. SW MRI had similar inter-observer reliability to T2-weighted imaging (κ = 0.90 and κ = 0.88 respectively); both had higher reliability than T2 star (κ = 0.53).

Breath hold times were shorter for SW MRI (4 seconds vs. 16 seconds) with improved image quality rating (3.8 ± 0.4, 3.3 ± 1.0, 2.8 ± 1.1 respectively; p < 0.01).

Conclusions: SW MRI is an accurate and reproducible way to detect IMH at 3T.

The technique offers considerably shorter breath hold times than T2-weighted and T2 star imaging, and higher image quality scores.



Published on: 2014-10-28

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