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Hybrid PET/MRI in the assessment of cardiac viability: added value compared to PET/CT
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ECR 2012, European Congress of Radiology
Vienna, Austria, March 1-5, 2012
Purpose: We evaluated the potential for hybrid PET/MRI devices to provide integrated metabolic, functional and anatomic characterisation of patients with suspected coronary artery disease.Methods and Materials: Ten patients (5 with suspected hibernating myocardium and 5 healthy volunteers) performed an imaging study using a hybrid PET/MRI (Philips). Viability assessed by 18F-FDG was performed in diseased patients along with MRI anatomic and functional study and reassessed within 30 minutes by conventional PET/CT. Non-contrast right coronary artery (RCA) targeted and whole heart 3D coronary angio-MRI using ECG-gating and respiratory navigator was performed in healthy volunteers with reconstruction performed using MPR and volume rendering. The extent of metabolic defect (MD) using PET/MRI and PET/CT was compared in patients and coronary territories (LAD, CX, RCA). Assessability of coronary lumen was judged as good, sub-optimal or non-assessable using a 16-segments coronary model.Results: Metabolic assessment was successful in all patients with MD being 19.2% vs 18.3% using PET/MRI and PET/CT, respectively (P=ns). The MD was 10.2%, 6 %, and 3 % vs 9.3%, 6 % and 3 % for LAD, CX and RCA territories, respectively (P= ns). Coronary angio-MRI was successful in all volunteers with 66 coronary segments visualised overall. The RCA was fully visualised in 4/5 volunteers and the left coronary arteries in 4/5 volunteers. Assessability in visualised segments was good, sub-optimal and non-assessable in 88 %, 2 % and 10 %, respectively.Conclusion: Hybrid PET/MRI devices may enable metabolic evaluation comparable to PET/CT with additional value owing to accurate functional and anatomical information including coronary assessment.
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