We developed a method of velocimetry based on an optical flow method using quantitative analyses of tagged magnetic resonance (MR) images (tagged MR-optical flow velocimetry, tMR-O velocimetry). The purpose of our study was to examine the accuracy of measurement of the proposed tMR-O velocimetry. We performed retrospective pseudo-electrocardiogram (ECG) gating tagged cine MR imaging on a rotating phantom. We optimized imaging parameters for tagged MR imaging, and validated the accuracy of tMR-O velocimetry. Our results indicated that the difference between the reference velocities and the computed velocities measured using optimal imaging parameters was less than 1%. In addition, we performed tMR-O velocimetry and echocardiography on 10 healthy volunteers, for four sections of the heart (apical, midventricular, and basal sections aligned with the short-axis, and a four-chamber section aligned with the long-axis), and obtained radial and longitudinal myocardial velocities in these sections. We compared the myocardial velocities obtained using tMR-O velocimetry with those obtained using echocardiography. Our results showed good agreement between tMR-O velocimetry and echocardiography in the radial myocardial velocities in three short-axial sections and longitudinal myocardial velocities on the midventricular portion of the four-chamber section in the long-axis. In the study conducted on the rotating phantom, tMR-O velocimetry showed high accuracy; moreover, in the healthy volunteers, the myocardial velocities obtained using tMR-O velocimetry were relatively similar to those obtained using echocardiography. In conclusion, tMR-O velocimetry is a potentially feasible method for analyzing myocardial motion in the human heart.
Radiological Physics and Technology – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 12, 2018
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