PURPOSE: To validate metric optimized gating phase-contrast MR (MOG PC-MR) flow measurements for a range of fetal flow velocities in phantom experiments. 2) To investigate intra- and interobserver variability for fetal flow measurements at an imaging center other than the original site.
METHODS: MOG PC-MR was compared to timer/beaker measurements in a pulsatile flow phantom using a heart rate (∼145 bpm), nozzle diameter (∼6 mm), and flow range (∼130-700 mL/min) similar to fetal imaging. Fifteen healthy fetuses were included for intra- and interobserver variability in the fetal descending aorta and umbilical vein.
RESULTS: Phantom MOG PC-MR flow bias and variability was 2% ± 23%. Accuracy of MOG PC-MR was degraded for flow profiles with low velocity-to-noise ratio. Intra- and interobserver coefficients of variation were 6% and 19%, respectively, for fetal descending aorta; and 10% and 17%, respectively, for the umbilical vein.
CONCLUSION: Phantom validation showed good agreement between MOG and conventionally gated PC-MR, except for cases with low velocity-to-noise ratio, which resulted in MOG misgating and underestimated peak velocities and warranted optimization of sequence parameters to individual fetal vessels. Inter- and intraobserver variability for fetal MOG PC-MR imaging were comparable to previously reported values.
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