Dynamic coronary MR angiography in a pig model with hyperpolarized water

Hans Kasper Wigh Lipsø, Esben Søvsø Szocska Hansen, Rasmus Stilling Tougaard, Christoffer Laustsen, Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen*

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To investigate dynamic coronary MR angiography using hyperpolarized water as a positive contrast agent. Hyperpolarization can increase the signal by several orders of magnitude, and has recently been translated to human cardiac application. The aim was to achieve large 1 H signal enhancement to allow high-resolution imaging of the coronary arteries. Protons in D2 O were hyperpolarized by dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization. A total of 18 mL of hyperpolarized water was injected into the coronary arteries of healthy pigs (N = 9; 3 injections in 3 animals). The MRI images were acquired with a gradient-echo sequence in an oblique slab covering the main left coronary arteries with 0.55 mm in-plane resolution. The acquisition time was 870 ms per frame. A more than 200-fold signal enhancement compared with thermally polarized water at 3 T was obtained. Coronary angiographic images with a signal-to-noise ratio from the left main stem of 269 ± 169 and coronary sharpness from the proximal left anterior descending coronary artery of 0.31 ± 0.086 mm-1 were obtained. Dynamic images were acquired over a 10 s time window. Hyperpolarized water MR angiography of the coronary arteries in a large animal model with high signal-to-noise ratio and high spatial and temporal resolution was obtained. Magn Reson Med, 2018. © 2018 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)1165-1169
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Cardiac perfusion
  • Coronary angiography
  • Dissolution-DNP
  • Hyperpolarization
  • Magnetic resonance angiography

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