Cardiac-respiratory gating method for magnetic resonance imaging of the heart

Qing Yuan, Leon Axel, Eduardo H. Hernandez, Lawrence Dougherty, James J. Pilla, Craig H. Scott, Victor A. Ferrari, Aaron S. Blom

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In studies of transmural myocardial function, acquisitions of high spatial and temporal resolution tagged cardiac images often exceed the practical time limit for breath-hold fast imaging techniques. Therefore, a dual cardiac-respiratory gating device has been constructed to acquire SPAMM- tagged cardiac MR images at or near end-expiration during spontaneous breathing, by providing an external trigger to a conventional MRI system. Combined cardiac and respiratory gating essentially eliminates the respiratory motion artifacts in tagged cardiac MR images. Compared to cardiac-gated images obtained during intermittent breath-holds, cardiac- respiratory gated images show improved tag-myocardium contrast due to magnetization recovery during inspiration. (C) 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-318
Number of pages5
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


  • Cardiac and respiratory gating
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Motion artifacts
  • Tagging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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