Incorporation of view sharing and KWIC filtering into GRASP-Pro improves spatial resolution of single-shot, multi-TI, late gadolinium enhancement MRI

Mingyue Zhao*, Daming Shen, Lexiaozi Fan, Kyungpyo Hong, Li Feng, Brandon C. Benefield, Bradley D. Allen, Daniel C. Lee, Daniel Kim

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Abstract

While single-shot late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) is useful for imaging patients with arrhythmia and/or dyspnea, it produces low spatial resolution. One approach to improve spatial resolution is to accelerate data acquisition using compressed sensing (CS). Our previous work described a single-shot, multi-inversion time (TI) LGE pulse sequence using radial k-space sampling and CS, but over-regularization resulted in significant image blurring that muted the benefits of data acceleration. The purpose of the present study was to improve the spatial resolution of the single-shot, multi-TI LGE pulse sequence by incorporating view sharing (VS) and k-space weighted contrast (KWIC) filtering into a GRASP-Pro reconstruction. In 24 patients (mean age = 61 ± 16 years; 9/15 females/males), we compared the performance of our improved multi-TI LGE and standard multi-TI LGE, where clinical standard LGE was used as a reference. Two clinical raters independently graded multi-TI images and clinical LGE images visually on a five-point Likert scale (1, nondiagnostic; 3, clinically acceptable; 5, best) for three categories: the conspicuity of myocardium or scar, artifact, and noise. The summed visual score (SVS) was defined as the sum of the three scores. Myocardial scar volume was quantified using the full-width at half-maximum method. The SVS was not significantly different between clinical breath-holding LGE (median 13.5, IQR 1.3) and multi-TI LGE (median 12.5, IQR 1.6) (P = 0.068). The myocardial scar volumes measured from clinical standard LGE and multi-TI LGE were strongly correlated (coefficient of determination, R2 = 0.99) and in good agreement (mean difference = 0.11%, lower limit of the agreement = −2.13%, upper limit of the agreement = 2.34%). The inter-rater agreement in myocardial scar volume quantification was strong (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.79). The incorporation of VS and KWIC into GRASP-Pro improved spatial resolution. Our improved 25-fold accelerated, single-shot LGE sequence produces clinically acceptable image quality, multi-TI reconstruction, and accurate myocardial scar volume quantification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere5059
JournalNMR in Biomedicine
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2024

Keywords

  • balanced steady-state free precession (b-SSFP)
  • compressed sensing (CS)
  • inversion recovery (IR)
  • inversion time (TI)
  • k-space weighted contrast filtering (KWIC)
  • late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)
  • view sharing (VS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Spectroscopy

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