Clinical CMR is relatively inaccessible based on its cost and technical requirements. Lower field MRI systems could improve the accessibility of clinical CMR. The general assumption is that low field MRI offers low quality imaging, however new high-performance low-field MRI systems may offer good image quality for clinical application. Some advantages of lower magnetic field MRI include the scaling of T1 and T2 tissues parameters, improved field homogeneity, and reduced RF-induced heating. The optimization of low field MRI imaging methods, including the use of modern acquisition and reconstruction strategies, can enable high quality CMR imaging that provides equivalent diagnostic capabilities. Following this CME activity learners should be able to: 1. Describe how a high-performance low field MRI system performs for quantitative cine CMR imaging, compared to conventional methods. 2. Describe how protocol optimization can be performed to improve image quality using low field MRI.
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Credit Designation Statement
The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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- Attend the sessions in full for which credit is sought
- Complete the post-activity evaluation
- A certificate of completion will be available once the evaluation is submitted
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Please see the bibliography at the end of the journal article.
There is a complete bibliography in the journal article. Some publications of particular relevance are: 1. Simonetti OP, Ahmad R. Low-Field Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Compelling Case for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance's Future. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017;10(6). 2. Marques JP, Simonis FFJ, Webb AG. Low-field MRI: An MR physics perspective. J Magn Reson Imaging 2019;49(6):1528-1542. 3.. Rashid S, Han F, Gao Y, Sung K, Cao M, Yang Y, et al. Cardiac balanced steady-state free precession MRI at 0.35 T: a comparison study with 1.5 T. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2018;8(7):627-36. 4.. Campbell-Washburn AE, Ramasawmy R, Restivo MC, Bhattacharya I, Basar B, Herzka DA, et al. Opportunities in Interventional and Diagnostic Imaging by Using High-performance Low-Field-Strength MRI. Radiology. 2019:190452.