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Black Blood Delayed Enhancement Magnetic Resonance imaging

Technnology

Duke University is seeking a corporate partners to commercialize a method of improved detection of infarcted heart tissue. The technology provides a dark blood delayed enhancement technique that improves the visualization of subendocardial infarcts that may otherwise be disguised by the bright blood pool. The timed combination of a slice-selective and a non-selective preparation improves the infarct/blood contrast by decoupling their relaxation curves thereby nulling both the blood and the non-infarcted myocardium. This causes the infarct to be imaged bright and the blood and non-infarct to both be imaged dark. While currently used methods are sufficient for many patients, this technology can be used to improve imaging in patients with small difficult-to-detect subendocardial infarcts.

Duke File (IDF) Number

T-002749

Inventor(s)

  • Salerno, Michael
  • Rehwald, Wolfgang

Patents

    • Patent Number: 8,086,297
    • Title: Dark Blook Delayed Enhancement Magnetic Resonance Viability Imaging Techniques for Assessing Subendocardial Infarcts
    • Country: United States of America
    • Patent Number: 8,311,612
    • Title: DARK BLOOD DELAYED ENHANCEMENT MAGNETIC RESONANCE VIABILITY IMAGING TECHNIQUES FOR ASSESSING SUBENDOCARDIAL INFARCTS
    • Country: United States of America

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