Transverse relaxation rates of pulmonary dissolved-phase Hyperpolarized 129 Xe as a biomarker of lung injury in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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PURPOSE: The MR properties (chemical shifts and R2∗ decay rates) of dissolved-phase hyperpolarized (HP) 129 Xe are confounded by the large magnetic field inhomogeneity present in the lung. This work improves measurements of these properties using a model-based image reconstruction to characterize the R2∗ decay rates of dissolved-phase HP 129 Xe in healthy subjects and patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). METHODS: Whole-lung MRS and 3D radial MRI with four gradient echoes were performed after inhalation of HP 129 Xe in healthy subjects and patients with IPF. A model-based image reconstruction formulated as a regularized optimization problem was solved iteratively to measure regional signal intensity in the gas, barrier, and red blood cell (RBC) compartments, while simultaneously measuring their chemical shifts and R2∗ decay rates. RESULTS: The estimation of spectral properties reduced artifacts in images of HP 129 Xe in the gas, barrier, and RBC compartments and improved image SNR by over 20%. R2∗ decay rates of the RBC and barrier compartments were lower in patients with IPF compared to healthy subjects (P < 0.001 and P = 0.005, respectively) and correlated to DLCO (R = 0.71 and 0.64, respectively). Chemical shift of the RBC component measured with whole-lung spectroscopy was significantly different between IPF and normal subjects (P = 0.022). CONCLUSION: Estimates for R2∗ in both barrier and RBC dissolved-phase HP 129 Xe compartments using a regional signal model improved image quality for dissolved-phase images and provided additional biomarkers of lung injury in IPF.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kammerman, J; Hahn, AD; Cadman, RV; Malkus, A; Mummy, D; Fain, SB

Published Date

  • October 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 84 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1857 - 1867

PubMed ID

  • 32162357

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7329592

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1522-2594

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/mrm.28246


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States