Cardiac T1 mapping: Techniques and applications

Emily Aherne*, Kelvin Chow, James Carr

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

38 Scopus citations


A key advantage of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging over other cardiac imaging modalities is the ability to perform detailed tissue characterization. CMR techniques continue to evolve, with advanced imaging sequences being developed to provide a reproducible, quantitative method of tissue interrogation. The T1 mapping technique, a pixel-by-pixel method of quantifying T1 relaxation time of soft tissues, has been shown to be promising for characterization of diseased myocardium in a wide variety of cardiomyopathies. In this review, we describe the basic principles and common techniques for T1 mapping and its use for native T1, postcontrast T1, and extracellular volume mapping. We will review a wide range of clinical applications of the technique that can be used for identification and quantification of myocardial edema, fibrosis, and infiltrative diseases with illustrative clinical examples. In addition, we will explore the current limitations of the technique and describe some areas of ongoing development. Level of Evidence: 5. Technical Efficacy: Stage 2. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2020;51:1336–1356.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1336-1356
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • ECV
  • T mapping
  • cardiac magnetic resonance
  • magnetic resonance imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


Dive into the research topics of 'Cardiac T1 mapping: Techniques and applications'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this