Quantification of experimental myocardial infarction using nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and paramagnetic ion contrast enhancement in excised canine hearts.
Determination of myocardial infarct size is important for clinical management of patients with ischemic heart disease and for research on limiting infarct size. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging permits tomographic depiction of the distribution of mobile tissue protons. NMR images have demonstrated high spatial resolution and contrast. To evaluate the potential of this technique in measuring myocardial infarct size, NMR imaging was performed in six canine hearts excised 24 hours after circumflex coronary artery ligation. Before sacrifice, the dogs received i.v. manganous chloride (0.05 mmol/kg). After NMR imaging, the heart were sectioned and the myocardial slices were stained with triphenyl tetrazolium chloride. The pathologically determined infarct size was compared with the infarct size measured by NMR imaging. The correlation was good (regression line slope 1.06; r = 0.94). We conclude that NMR imaging with paramagnetic contrast agents can be used to determine infarct size in excised hearts.
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