Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Images of Murine Cardiac Function at Physiologic Heart Rates
Cine cardiac magnetic resonance images of intact, adult mice at a heart rate of ≈550 beats/min (>9 beats/s) were acquired at 4.7 T during light isoflurane-inhaled sedation. Figure 1 shows spin-echo magnetic resonance images (repetition time, ≈600 ms; echo time, 11 ms; 2-mm slice thickness; matrix of 256×256, yielding in-plane pixel resolution of 0.125 mm) that were obtained every 10 ms throughout the cardiac cycle and were from a short axis slice. A sphere, located outside the chest and measuring ≈3.5 mm in diameter, is shown for reference. A comparable cine loop from a left ventricular long-axis slice (right ventricle is on the left, left ventricle on the right) is displayed in Figure 2. Mice awakened within 1 minute of the completion of the study. These high-resolution, noninvasive images provide anatomic detail, excellent contrast between the right and left ventricular walls and the intracavitary blood, and dynamic functional information in intact mice at physiological heart rates.
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