Rationale and objectives: To compare manganese dipyridoxyl diphosphate (MnDPDP)-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with cine MRI for distinguishing the dysfunctional myocardium from the normal myocardium.
Materials and methods: Seventeen cats were prepared for acute myocardial infarction with 90 minutes of occlusion followed by 120 minutes of reperfusion. In vivo inversion-recovery gradient-recalled echo MRI and cine MRI were performed. Two radiologists independently analyzed the MR images and recorded the size of the unenhanced area on the MnDPDP-enhanced MR images as well as that of the dysfunctional area on the cine MR images. Agreement between these abnormal areas was evaluated using Bland-Altman analysis. Interobserver agreement was assessed using Bland-Altman analysis.
Results: The sizes of the unenhanced area on the MnDPDP-enhanced MR images and the dysfunctional area on the cine MR images showed good agreement on Bland-Altman analysis (the limits of agreement: observer 1= 1.8% +/- 11.6, observer 2 = 0.1% +/- 9.9). The abnormal segments on both types of MR imaging showed a good interobserver agreement (the limits of agreement: MnDPDP-enhanced MRI = 0.3% +/- 7.6, cine MRI = -1.4% +/- 10.9).
Conclusion: The size of the dysfunctional area on the cine MR images was well correlated with that of the unenhanced area on the MnDPDP-enhanced MR images.