Marcus R Makowski

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlín, Berlin, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: -The incidence of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) has increased during the last decades. However, there is still controversy regarding the management of medium-sized AAAs. Therefore novel biomarkers, besides aneurysmal diameter, are needed to assess aortic wall integrity and risk of rupture. Elastin is the key protein for maintaining aortic wall tensile strength and stability. The progressive breakdown of structural proteins, in particular medial elastin, is responsible for the inability of the aortic wall to withstand intraluminal hemodynamic forces. Here we evaluate the usefulness of elastin-specific molecular MR-imaging for the in vivo characterization of AAAs.
    Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging 05/2014; · 5.80 Impact Factor
  • Marcus R Makowski, René M Botnar
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western world and developing countries. In clinical practice, in vivo characterization of atherosclerotic lesions causing myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, and other complications remains challenging. Imaging methods, limited to the assessment luminal stenosis, are the current reference standard for the assessment of clinically significant coronary and carotid artery disease and the guidance of treatment. These techniques do not allow distinction between stable and potentially vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is a modality well suited for visualization and characterization of the relatively thin arterial vessel wall, because it allows imaging with high spatial resolution and excellent soft-tissue contrast. In clinical practice, atherosclerotic plaque components of the carotid artery and aorta may be differentiated and characterized by using unenhanced vessel wall MR imaging. Additional information can be gained by using clinically approved nonspecific contrast agents. With the advent of targeted MR contrast agents, which enhance specific molecules or cells, pathologic processes can be visualized at a molecular level with high spatial resolution. In this article, the pathophysiologic changes of the arterial vessel wall underlying the development of atherosclerosis will be first reviewed. Then basic principles and properties of molecular MR imaging contrast agents will be introduced. Additionally, recent advances in preclinical molecular vessel wall imaging will be reviewed. Finally, the clinical feasibility of arterial vessel wall imaging at unenhanced and contrast material-enhanced MR imaging of the aortic, carotid, and coronary vessel wall will be discussed. © RSNA, 2013 Supplemental material: http://radiology.rsna.org/lookup/suppl/doi:10.1148/radiol.13102336/-/DC1.
    Radiology 10/2013; 269(1):34-51. · 6.34 Impact Factor
  • Circulation 09/2013; 128(11):1244-1255. · 15.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To assess image quality and diagnostic performance of 3.0 Tesla (3T) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) myocardial perfusion imaging with a dual radiofrequency source to detect functional relevant coronary artery disease (CAD), using coronary angiography and invasive pressure-derived fractional flow reserve (FFR) as reference standard. We included 116 patients with suspected or known CAD, who underwent 3T adenosine myocardial perfusion CMR (resolution 2.97 × 2.97 mm) and coronary angiography plus FFR measurements in intermediate lesions. Image quality of myocardial perfusion CMR was graded on a 4-point scale (1 = poor to 4 = excellent). Diagnostic accuracy was assessed by ROC analyses using a 16-myocardial segment-based summed perfusion score (0 = normal to 3 = transmural perfusion defect) and by determining sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value on the coronary vessel territory and the patient level. Diagnostic image quality was achieved for all stress myocardial perfusion CMR studies with an average quality score of 2.5, 3.1, and 3.0 for LAD, LCX, and RCA territories. The ability of the myocardial perfusion CMR perfusion score to detect significant coronary artery stenosis yielded an area under the curve of 0.93 on ROC analysis. Values for sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value on a vessel territory level and the patient level were 89, 95, 87, 96% and 85, 87, 77, 92%, respectively. In patients with suspected or known significant CAD, 3T myocardial perfusion CMR with standard perfusion protocols provides consistently high image quality and an excellent diagnostic performance.
    European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging. 08/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Chest pain associated with cocaine use represents an increasing problem in the emergency department (ED). Cocaine use has been linked to the acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We used coronary computed tomography angiography (cCTA) to evaluate the prevalence, severity and composition of atherosclerotic lesions in cocaine users. We studied 78 patients with non-occasional cocaine use (52 men, 44 ± 7 years, 23 under the acute influence) and acute chest pain but without ACS, who had undergone cCTA in the ED. Patients were matched one-to-one by gender, race, symptoms, and risk-factors with a control cohort (n = 78; 52 men, 45 ± 6 years) not using cocaine. Each coronary segment was evaluated for the presence and composition (calcified, non-calcified, partially calcified) of atherosclerotic plaque and for stenosis. The prevalence of coronary stenosis was not significantly different between patients with and without cocaine use (13% versus 5%, P > 0.05). However, cocaine users on average had significantly more atherosclerotic plaques (0.44 ± 0.88 versus 0.29 ± 0.83, P < 0.05) and a tendency towards more calcified (0.64 ± 1.23 versus 0.55 ± 1.22, P > 0.05) and non-calcified plaques (0.26 ± 0.63 versus 0.17 ± 0.57, P > 0.05), yet not reaching statistical significance. Furthermore, cocaine users had significantly more partially calcified plaques (0.41 ± 0.61 versus 0.17 ± 0.41, P < 0.05) and higher partially calcified plaque volume (59.7 ± 33.3 mm(3) versus 25.6 ± 12.6 mm(3), P < 0.05). Thus, cocaine users tend to have more pronounced coronary atherosclerosis compared to patients without cocaine use at the time of presentation with acute chest pain.
    Atherosclerosis 08/2013; 229(2):443-8. · 3.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: Performance evaluation of a fully automated system for calculating computed tomography (CT) coronary artery calcium scores from contrast medium-enhanced coronary CT angiography (cCTA) studies. METHODS: One hundred and twenty-seven patients (58 ± 11 years, 71 men) who had undergone cCTA as well as an unenhanced CT calcium scoring study where included. Calcium scores were computed from cCTA by an automated image processing algorithm and compared with calcium scores obtained by standard manual assessment of unenhanced CT calcium scoring studies. Results were compared vis-a-vis (1) absolute calcium score values, (2) age-, gender- and race-dependent percentiles, and (3) commonly used calcium score risk classification categories. RESULTS: One hundred and nineteen out of 127 (93.7%) studies were successfully processed. Mean Agatston calcium score values obtained by traditional non-contrast CT calcium scoring studies and derived from contrast medium-enhanced cCTA did not significantly differ (235.6 ± 430.5 vs 262.0 ± 499.5; P > 0.05). Calcium score risk categories and Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) percentiles showed very high correlation (Spearman rank correlation coefficient = 0.97, P < 0.0001/0.95, P < 0.0001) between the two approaches. CONCLUSIONS: Calcium score values automatically computed from cCTA are highly correlated with standard unenhanced CT calcium scoring studies. These results suggest a radiation dose- and time-saving potential when deriving calcium scores from cCTA studies without a preceding unenhanced CT calcium scoring study. KEY POINTS: • CT coronary calcium scoring is now widely used for cardiac risk stratification • Derivation of calcium scores from coronary CT angiography saves time and radiation • Automatically derived scores are comparable to conventional coronary artery calcium scores • Patient risk stratification is similar, whether using automatically derived or conventional scores.
    European Radiology 03/2013; 23(3):650-7. · 4.34 Impact Factor
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    Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 01/2013; 15(1). · 4.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite advances in prevention, risk assessment and treatment, coronary artery disease (CAD) remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Western countries. The lion's share is due to acute coronary syndromes (ACS), which are predominantly triggered by plaque rupture or erosion and subsequent coronary thrombosis. As the majority of vulnerable plaques does not cause a significant stenosis, due to expansive remodeling, and are rather defined by their composition and biological activity, detection of vulnerable plaques with x-ray angiography has shown little success. Non-invasive vulnerable plaque detection by identifying biological features that have been associated with plaque progression, destabilization and rupture may therefore be more appropriate and may allow earlier detection, more aggressive treatment and monitoring of treatment response. MR molecular imaging with target specific molecular probes has shown great promise for the noninvasive in vivo visualization of biological processes at the molecular and cellular level in animals and humans. Compared to other imaging modalities; MRI can provide excellent spatial resolution; high soft tissue contrast and has the ability to simultaneously image anatomy; function as well as biological tissue composition and activity.
    Molecules 01/2013; 18(11):14042-14069. · 2.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance myocardial feature tracking (CMR-FT) is a promising novel method for quantification of myocardial wall mechanics from standard steady-state free precession (SSFP) images. We sought to determine whether magnetic field strength affects the intra-observer reproducibility of CMR-FT strain analysis. METHODS: We studied 2 groups, each consisting of 10 healthy subjects, at 1.5T or 3T Analysis was performed at baseline and after 4 weeks using dedicated CMR-FT prototype software (Tomtec, Germany) to analyze standard SSFP cine images. Right ventricular (RV) and left ventricular (LV) longitudinal strain (Ell(RV) and Ell(LV)) and LV long-axis radial strain (Err(LAX)) were derived from the 4-chamber cine, and LV short-axis circumferential and radial strains (Ecc(SAX), Err(SAX)) from the short-axis orientation. Strain parameters were assessed together with LV ejection fraction (EF) and volumes. Intra-observer reproducibility was determined by comparing the first and the second analysis in both groups. RESULTS: In all volunteers resting strain parameters were successfully derived from the SSFP images. There was no difference in strain parameters, volumes and EF between field strengths (p>0.05). In general Ecc(SAX) was the most reproducible strain parameter as determined by the coefficient of variation (CV) at 1.5T (CV 13.3% and 46% global and segmental respectively) and 3T (CV 17.2% and 31.1% global and segmental respectively). The least reproducible parameter was Ell(RV) (CV 1.5T 28.7% and 53.2%; 3T 43.5% and 63.3% global and segmental respectively). CONCLUSIONS: CMR-FT results are similar with reasonable intra-observer reproducibility in different groups of volunteers at 1.5T and 3T. CMR-FT is a promising novel technique and our data indicate that results might be transferable between field strengths. However there is a considerable amount of segmental variability indicating that further refinements are needed before CMR-FT can be fully established in clinical routine for quantitative assessment of wall mechanics and strain.
    European journal of radiology 12/2012; · 2.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is the current gold standard for the assessment of left ventricular (LV) function. Repeated breath-holds are needed for standard multi-slice 2D cine steady-state free precession sequences (M2D-SSFP). Accelerated single breath-hold techniques suffer from low contrast between blood pool and myocardium. In this study an intravascular contrast agent was prospectively compared to an extravascular contrast agent for the assessment of LV function using a single-breath-hold 3D-whole-heart cine SSFP sequence (3D-SSFP). LV function was assessed in fourteen patients on a 1.5 T MR-scanner (Philips Healthcare) using 32-channel coil technology. Patients were investigated twice using a 3D-SSFP sequence (acquisition time 18-25 s) after Gadopentetate dimeglumine (GdD, day 1) and Gadofosveset trisodium (GdT, day 2) administration. Image acquisition was accelerated using sensitivity encoding in both phase encoding directions (4xSENSE). CNR and BMC were both measured between blood and myocardium. The CNR incorporated noise measurements, while the BMC represented the coeffiancy between the signal from blood and myocardium [1]. Contrast to noise ratio (CNR), blood to myocardium contrast (BMC), image quality, LV functional parameters and intra-/interobserver variability were compared. A M2D-SSFP sequence was used as a reference standard on both days. All 3D-SSFP sequences were successfully acquired within one breath-hold after GdD and GdT administration. CNR and BMC were significantly (p < 0.05) higher using GdT compared to GdD, resulting in an improved endocardial definition. Using 3D-SSFP with GdT, Bland-Altman plots showed a smaller bias (95% confidence interval LVEF: 9.0 vs. 23.7) and regression analysis showed a stronger correlation to the reference standard (R2 = 0.92 vs. R2 = 0.71), compared to 3D-SSFP with GdD. A single-breath-hold 3D-whole-heart cine SSFP sequence in combination with 32-channel technology and an intravascular contrast agent allows for the accurate and fast assessment of LV function. The study was approved by the local research ethics committee (Study No. 07/Q0704/2) and was registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA Study No. 28482/0002/001-0001, EudraCTnumber 2006-007042).
    Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 07/2012; 14:53. · 4.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of high-resolution 3-dimensional aortic vessel wall imaging using a novel elastin-specific magnetic resonance contrast agent (ESMA) in a large animal model. The thoracic aortic vessel wall of 6 Landrace pigs was imaged using a novel ESMA and a nonspecific control agent. On day 1, imaging was performed before and after the administration of a nonspecific control agent, gadolinium diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA; Bayer Schering AG, Berlin, Germany). On day 3, identical scans were repeated before and after the administration of a novel ESMA (Lantheus Medical Imaging, North Billerica, Massachusetts). Three-dimensional inversion recovery gradient echo delayed-enhancement imaging and magnetic resonance (MR) angiography of the thoracic aortic vessel wall were performed on a 1.5-T MR scanner (Achieva; Philips Medical Systems, the Netherlands). The signal-to-noise ratio and the contrast-to-noise ratio of arterial wall enhancement, including the time course of enhancement, were assessed for ESMA and Gd-DTPA. After the completion of imaging sessions, histology, electron microscopy, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy were performed to localize and quantify the gadolinium bound to the arterial vessel wall. Administration of ESMA resulted in a strong enhancement of the aortic vessel wall on delayed-enhancement imaging, whereas no significant enhancement could be measured with Gd-DTPA. Ninety to 100 minutes after the administration of ESMA, significantly higher signal-to-noise ratio and contrast-to-noise ratio could be measured compared with the administration of Gd-DTPA (45.7 ± 9.6 vs 13.2 ± 3.5, P < 0.05 and 41.9 ± 9.1 vs 5.2 ± 2.0, P < 0.05). A significant correlation (0.96; P < 0.01) between area measurements derived from ESMA scans and aortic MR angiography scans could be found. Electron microscopy and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy confirmed the colocalization of ESMA with elastic fibers. We demonstrate the feasibility of aortic vessel wall imaging using a novel ESMA in a large animal model under conditions resembling a clinical setting. Such an approach could be useful for the fast 3-dimensional assessment of the arterial vessel wall in the context of atherosclerosis, aortic aneurysms, and hypertension.
    Investigative radiology 05/2012; 47(7):438-44. · 4.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Coronary artery disease remains a major hazard within the western world despite early revascularisation and advanced medical therapy strategies. One of its major substrates is platelet activation and thrombus formation, triggering acute events such as myocardial infarction and ischemic strokes. There are a variety of non-invasive imaging strategies being translated from bench to bedside into clinical practice that tackle specific aspects of the pathophysiology of thrombus formation. Some of those techniques are able to visualize native contrast differences between thrombus and surrounding tissue, others focus on the use of specific contrast agents targeting thrombotic components such as fibrin or activated platelets. Some of those techniques are still in the pre-clinical stage; others have already entered the clinical arena. The current review article will introduce different techniques and their stage of development on their way from bench to bedside with a specific focus on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, that has evolved over the last years providing high quality information on anatomy, perfusion and myocardial tissue characteristics such as scarring in clinical practice. Finally, we will give an outlook on how this exciting field might evolve in the future.
    Current Vascular Pharmacology 02/2012; 10(5):619-25. · 2.91 Impact Factor
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    Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 02/2012; 14 Suppl 1:P61. · 4.44 Impact Factor
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    Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 02/2012; 14 Suppl 1:O50. · 4.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Dobutamine stress cardiovascular magnetic resonance (DS-CMR) is an established tool to assess hibernating myocardium and ischemia. Analysis is typically based on visual assessment with considerable operator dependency. CMR myocardial feature tracking (CMR-FT) is a recently introduced technique for tissue voxel motion tracking on standard steady-state free precession (SSFP) images to derive circumferential and radial myocardial mechanics.We sought to determine the feasibility and reproducibility of CMR-FT for quantitative wall motion assessment during intermediate dose DS-CMR. METHODS: 10 healthy subjects were studied at 1.5 Tesla. Myocardial strain parameters were derived from SSFP cine images using dedicated CMR-FT software (Diogenes MRI prototype; Tomtec; Germany). Right ventricular (RV) and left ventricular (LV) longitudinal strain (EllRV and EllLV) and LV long-axis radial strain (ErrLAX) were derived from a 4-chamber view at rest. LV short-axis circumferential strain (EccSAX) and ErrSAX; LV ejection fraction (EF) and volumes were analyzed at rest and during dobutamine stress (10 and 20 mug . kg(1). min(1)). RESULTS: In all volunteers strain parameters could be derived from the SSFP images at rest and stress. EccSAX values showed significantly increased contraction with DSMR (rest: -24.1 +/- 6.7; 10 mug: -32.7 +/- 11.4; 20 mug: -39.2 +/- 15.2; p < 0.05). ErrSAX increased significantly with dobutamine (rest: 19.6 +/- 14.6; 10 mug: 31.8 +/- 20.9; 20 mug: 42.4 +/- 25.5; p < 0.05). In parallel with these changes; EF increased significantly with dobutamine (rest: 56.9 +/- 4.4%; 10 mug: 70.7 +/- 8.1; 20 mug: 76.8 +/- 4.6; p < 0.05). Observer variability was best for LV circumferential strain (EccSAX ) and worst for RV longitudinal strain (EllRV) as determined by 95% confidence intervals of the difference. CONCLUSIONS: CMR-FT reliably detects quantitative wall motion and strain derived from SSFP cine imaging that corresponds to inotropic stimulation. The current implementation may need improvement to reduce observer-induced variance. Within a given CMR lab; this novel technique holds promise of easy and fast quantification of wall mechanics and strain.
    Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 02/2012; 14 Suppl 1:P14. · 4.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Molecular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has emerged as a promising non-invasive modality to characterize atherosclerotic vessel wall changes on a morphological and molecular level. Intraplaque and endothelial fibrin has recently been recognized to play an important role in the progression of atherosclerosis. This study aimed to investigate the feasibility of intraplaque and endothelial fibrin detection using a fibrin-targeted contrast-agent, FTCA (EPIX Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, MA), in a mouse model of atherosclerosis. Male apolipoproteinE-knockout mice (ApoE(-/-)) were fed a high fat diet (HFD) for one to three months. MRI of the brachiocephalic artery was performed prior to and 90 min after the administration of FTCA (n=8 per group). Contrast to noise ratios (CNR) and longitudinal relaxation rates (R1) of plaques were determined and compared to ex vivo fibrin density measurements on immunohistological sections stained with a fibrin-specific antibody and gadolinium concentrations measured by inductively coupled mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS). Molecular MRI after FTCA administration demonstrated a significant increase (p<0.05) in contrast agent uptake in brachiocephalic artery plaques. In vivo CNR measurements were in good agreement with ex vivo fibrin density measurements on immunohistochemistry (y=2.4x+11.3, R(2)=0.82) and ICP-MS (y=0.95x+7.1, R(2)=0.70). Late stage atherosclerotic plaques displayed the strongest increase in CNR, R1, ex vivo fibrin staining and gadolinium concentration (p<0.05). This study demonstrated the feasibility of intraplaque and endothelial fibrin imaging using FTCA. Direct in vivo fibrin detection and quantification could be useful for characterization and staging of coronary and carotid atherosclerotic lesions, which may aid diagnosis and intervention.
    Atherosclerosis 01/2012; 222(1):43-9. · 3.71 Impact Factor
  • René M Botnar, Marcus R Makowski
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    ABSTRACT: Noninvasive imaging studies involving small animals are becoming increasingly important in preclinical pharmacological, genetic, and biomedical cardiovascular research. Especially small animal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using high field and clinical MRI systems has gained significant importance in recent years. Compared to other imaging modalities, like computer tomography, MRI can provide an excellent soft tissue contrast, which enables the characterization of different kinds of tissues without the use of contrast agents. In addition, imaging can be performed with high spatial and temporal resolution. Small animal MRI cannot only provide anatomical information about the beating murine heart; it can also provide functional and molecular information, which makes it a unique imaging modality. Compared to clinical MRI examinations in humans, small animal MRI is associated with additional challenges. These included a smaller size of all cardiovascular structures and a up to ten times higher heart rate. Dedicated small animal monitoring devices make a reliable cardiac triggering and respiratory gating feasible. MRI in combination with molecular probes enables the noninvasive imaging of biological processes at a molecular level. Different kinds of iron oxide or gadolinium-based contrast agents can be used for this purpose. Compared to other molecular imaging modalities, like single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET), MRI can also provide imaging with high spatial resolution, which is of high importance for the assessment of the cardiovascular system. The sensitivity for detection of MRI contrast agents is however lower compared to sensitivity of radiation associated techniques like PET and SPECT. This chapter is divided into the following sections: (1) "Introduction," (2) "Principals of Magnetic Resonance Imaging," (3) "MRI Systems for Preclinical Imaging and Experimental Setup," and (4) "Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging."
    Progress in molecular biology and translational science 01/2012; 105:227-61. · 2.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To demonstrate the utility of a "reduced field-of-view" (zoom imaging) technique to accelerate free-breathing, ECG-triggered, turbo-spin-echo black-blood sequences, which have been previously described to detect subclinical aortic atherosclerosis. Fifteen healthy volunteers underwent MRI of the thoracic and abdominal aorta. Imaging with the conventional full field-of-view sequence was compared with zoom imaging. Total scan time, image quality (i.e., contrast-to-noise ratio and vessel wall sharpness) and vessel wall thickness were analyzed. A subgroup of 10 volunteers also underwent acceleration of imaging using sensitivity encoding (SENSE) for comparison. Zoom imaging significantly reduced imaging time from a mean of 41 ± 9 min (conventional imaging) to 15 ± 0.5 min (P<0.01). There was no difference in image quality between conventional and zoom imaging with respect to CNR (10.1 ± 6 versus 10.1 ± 6) or vessel wall sharpness (38 ± 4% versus 39 ± 4%). Furthermore, Bland Altman plots showed excellent agreement in vessel wall thickness measurements using the two methods. In comparison, SENSE not only reduced CNR but also resulted in underestimation of vessel wall thickness compared with the conventional sequence. Zoom imaging allows accurate and time-efficient imaging of the abdominal and thoracic aorta for cardiovascular risk prediction. In this application, it is preferable to SENSE.
    Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 08/2011; 34(2):279-85. · 2.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To compare the image quality and diagnostic performance of a contrast agent-specific inversion-recovery (IR) steady-state free precession (SSFP) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging sequence performed by using an intravascular contrast agent (gadofosveset trisodium) with those of a commonly used T2-prepared SSFP sequence performed by using an extravascular (gadopentetate dimeglumine) and an intravascular (gadofosveset trisodium) contrast agent in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). The local ethics committee and the United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency approved this study. Patient informed consent was obtained. Twenty-three patients with CHD were examined by using a 1.5-T MR imaging unit and a 32-channel coil. Gadopentetate dimeglumine and gadofosveset trisodium were used in the same patient on consecutive days. Vessel wall sharpness, contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRs), image quality, and diagnostic performance achieved by using the IR SSFP sequence with gadofosveset trisodium were compared with those achieved by using the T2-prepared SSFP sequence with gadopentetate dimeglumine and gadofosveset trisodium and with those achieved at respective contrast material-enhanced MR angiographic examinations. The Wilcoxon rank sum test was used to compare categoric variables; t tests were used to compare continuous variables. Use of the IR SSFP sequence with gadofosveset trisodium significantly improved vessel wall sharpness, CNRs, and image quality (P < .05 for all) for all investigated intra- and extracardiac structures compared with the T2-prepared SSFP sequence with gadopentetate dimeglumine and gadofosveset trisodium and the respective contrast-enhanced MR angiographic examinations. With use of the IR SSFP sequence with gadofosveset trisodium, new, unsuspected diseases (five [22%] of 23) were diagnosed, while other diseases could be excluded (15 [65%] of 23). Information available from echocardiography (n = 23), conventional angiography (n = 4), and/or surgery (n = 1) confirmed all diagnoses. IR SSFP with gadofosveset trisodium improved image quality and diagnostic performance, allowing a more accurate and complete assessment of cardiovascular anatomy in patients with CHD compared with T2-prepared SSFP with gadopentetate dimeglumine and gadofosveset trisodium and respective contrast-enhanced MR angiographic examinations.
    Radiology 05/2011; 260(3):680-8. · 6.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The extracellular matrix (ECM) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and in-stent restenosis. Elastin is an essential component of the ECM. ECM degradation can lead to plaque destabilization, whereas enhanced synthesis typically leads to vessel wall remodeling resulting in arterial stenosis or in-stent restenosis after stent implantation. The objective of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of MRI of vascular remodeling using a novel elastin-binding contrast agent (BMS-753951). Coronary injury was induced in 6 pigs by endothelial denudation and stent placement. At day 28, delayed-enhancement MRI coronary vessel wall imaging was performed before and after injection of gadolinium-diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA). Two days later, DE-MRI was repeated after administration of BMS-753951. Contrast-to-noise-ratio and areas of enhancement were determined. Delayed-enhancement MRI with BMS-753951 caused strong enhancement of the aortic, pulmonary artery, and injured coronary artery walls, whereas Gd-DTPA did not. Delayed-enhancement MRI of the stented coronary artery with BMS-753951 yielded a 3-fold higher contrast-to-noise-ratio when compared with the balloon-injured and control coronary artery (21±6 versus 7±3 versus 6±4; P<0.001). The area of enhancement correlated well with the area of remodeling obtained from histological data (R(2)=0.86, P<0.05). We demonstrate the noninvasive detection and quantification of vascular remodeling in an animal model of coronary vessel wall injury using an elastin-specific MR contrast agent. This novel approach may be useful for the assessment of coronary vessel wall remodeling in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. Further studies in atherosclerotic animal models and degenerative ECM disease are now warranted.
    Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging 03/2011; 4(2):147-55. · 5.80 Impact Factor

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190 Citations
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Institutions

  • 2012–2013
    • Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
      Berlín, Berlin, Germany
  • 2009–2013
    • King's College London
      • Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
      London, ENG, United Kingdom
  • 2011–2012
    • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
      Londinium, England, United Kingdom
  • 2010–2012
    • ICL
      Londinium, England, United Kingdom
    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • 2008–2009
    • University of Technology Munich
      • Nuklearmedizinische Klinik und Poliklinik
      München, Bavaria, Germany