Detection and differentiation of early acute and following age stages of myocardial infarction with quantitative post-mortem cardiac 1.5 T MR
2017 (English)In: Forensic Science International, ISSN 0379-0738, E-ISSN 1872-6283, Vol. 270, 248-254 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Recently, quantitative MR sequences have started being used in post-mortem imaging. The goal of the present study was to evaluate if early acute and following age stages of myocardial infarction can be detected and discerned by quantitative 1.5 T post-mortem cardiac magnetic resonance (PMCMR) based on quantitative T1, T2 and PD values. In 80 deceased individuals (25 female, 55 male), a cardiac MR quantification sequence was performed prior to cardiac dissection at autopsy in a prospective study. Focal myocardial signal alterations detected in synthetically generated MR images were MR quantified for their T1, T2 and PD values. The locations of signal alteration measurements in PMCMR were targeted at autopsy heart dissection and cardiac tissue specimens were taken for histologic examinations. Quantified signal alterations in PMCMR were correlated to their according histologic age stage of myocardial infarction. In PMCMR seventy-three focal myocardial signal alterations were detected in 49 of 80 investigated hearts. These signal alterations were diagnosed histologically as early acute (n = 39), acute (n = 14), subacute (n = 10) and chronic (n = 10) age stages of myocardial infarction. Statistical analysis revealed that based on their quantitative T1, T2 and PD values, a significant difference between all defined age groups of myocardial infarction can be determined. It can be concluded that quantitative 1.5 T PMCMR quantification based on quantitative T1, T2 and PD values is feasible for characterization and differentiation of early acute and following age stages of myocardial infarction. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
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ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD , 2017. Vol. 270, 248-254 p.
Quantitative post-mortem cardiac MR; Myocardial infarction; Infarction age; Heart; Post-mortem imaging
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-134490DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.10.014ISI: 000391546900042PubMedID: 27836412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-134490DiVA: diva2:1074412