Quantification in cardiovascular magnetic resonance: agreement of software from three different vendors on assessment of left ventricular function, 2D flow and parametric mapping.
ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND:Quantitative results of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) image analysis influence clinical decision making. Image analysis is performed based on dedicated software. The manufacturers provide different analysis tools whose algorithms are often unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of software on quantification of left ventricular (LV) assessment, 2D flow measurement and T1- and T2-parametric mapping. METHODS:Thirty-one data sets of patients who underwent a CMR Scan on 1.5 T were analyzed using three different software (Circle CVI: cvi42, Siemens Healthineers: Argus, Medis: Qmass/Qflow) by one reader blinded to former results. Cine steady state free precession short axis images were analyzed regarding LV ejection fraction (EF), end-systolic and end-diastolic volume (ESV, EDV) and LV mass. Phase-contrast magnetic resonance images were evaluated for forward stroke volume (SV) and peak velocity (Vmax). Pixel-wise generated native T1- and T2-maps were used to assess T1- and T2-time. Forty-five data sets were evaluated twice (15 per software) for intraobserver analysis. Equivalence was considered if the confidence interval of a paired assessment of two sofware was within a tolerance interval defined by ±1.96 highest standard deviation obtained by intraobserver analysis. RESULTS:For each parameter, thirty data sets could be analyzed with all three software. All three software (A/B, A/C, B/C) were considered equivalent for LV EF, EDV, ESV, mass, 2D flow SV and T2-time. Differences between software were detected in flow measurement for Vmax and in parametric mapping for T1-time. For Vmax, equivalence was given between software A and C and for T1-time equivalence was given between software B and C. CONCLUSION:Software had no impact on quantitative results of LV assessment, T2-time and SV based on 2D flow. In contrast to that, Vmax and T1-time may be influenced by software. CMR reports should contain the name and version of the software applied for image analysis to avoid misinterpretation upon follow-up and research examinations. TRIAL REGISTRATION:ISRCTN12210850 . Registered 14 July 2017, retrospectively registered.
Project description:BACKGROUND:We investigated the feasibility of left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) volume and function estimation using a first-pass gated 15O-water PET. This prospective study included 19 patients addressed for myocardial perfusion reserve assessment using 15O-water PET. PET data were acquired at rest and after regadenoson stress, and gated first-pass images were reconstructed over the time range corresponding to tracer first-pass through the cardiac cavities and post-processed using TomPool software; LV and RV were segmented using a semi-automated 4D immersion algorithm. LV volumes were computed using a count-based model and a fixed threshold at 30% of the maximal activity. RV volumes were computed using a geometrical model and an adjustable threshold that was set so as to fit LV and RV stroke volumes. Ejection curves were fitted using a deformable reference curve model. LV results were compared to those obtained using 99mTc-sestamibi gated myocardial SPECT in terms of end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), stroke volume (SV), and ejection fraction (EF). RESULTS:There was an excellent concordance between rest and stress PET in terms of EDV and ESV (Lin's coefficient ~ 0.85-0.90), SV (~ 0.80), and EF (~ 0.75) for both ventricles. Correlation with myocardial SPECT was high for LV EDV (Pearson's R = 0.89, p < 0.001) and ESV (R = 0.87, p < 0.001) and satisfying for LV SV (R = 0.67, p < 0.001) and EF (R = 0.67, p < 0.001). Minimal LV ESV overestimation (+ 4 mL, p = 0.03) and EF underestimation (- 4%, p = 0.01) were observed using PET. CONCLUSIONS:Biventricular volume and function assessment are achievable using the first-pass PET, and LV parameters correlate well with those derived from gated myocardial SPECT.
Project description:<h4>Aims</h4>The UK Biobank is a large-scale population-based study utilising cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) to generate measurements of atrial and ventricular structure and function. This study aimed to quantify the association between modifiable cardiovascular risk factors and cardiac morphology and function in individuals without known cardiovascular disease.<h4>Methods</h4>Age, sex, ethnicity (non-modifiable) and systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, smoking status, exercise, body mass index (BMI), high cholesterol, diabetes, alcohol intake (modifiable) were considered important cardiovascular risk factors. Multivariable regression models were built to ascertain the association of risk factors on left ventricular (LV), right ventricular (RV), left atrial (LA) and right atrial (RA) CMR parameters.<h4>Results</h4>4,651 participants were included in the analysis. All modifiable risk factors had significant effects on differing atrial and ventricular parameters. BMI was the modifiable risk factor most consistently associated with subclinical changes to CMR parameters, particularly in relation to higher LV mass (+8.3% per SD [4.3 kg/m2], 95% CI: 7.6 to 8.9%), LV (EDV: +4.8% per SD, 95% CI: 4.2 to 5.4%); ESV: +4.4% per SD, 95% CI: 3.5 to 5.3%), RV (EDV: +5.3% per SD, 95% CI: 4.7 to 5.9%; ESV: +5.4% per SD, 95% CI: 4.5 to 6.4%) and LA maximal (+8.6% per SD, 95% CI: 7.4 to 9.7%) volumes. Increases in SBP were associated with higher LV mass (+6.8% per SD, 95% CI: 5.9 to 7.7%), LV (EDV: +4.5% per SD, 95% CI: 3.6 to 5.4%; ESV: +2.0% per SD, 95% CI: 0.8 to 3.3%) volumes. The presence of diabetes or high cholesterol resulted in smaller volumes and lower ejection fractions.<h4>Conclusions</h4>Modifiable risk factors are associated with subclinical alterations in structure and function in all four cardiac chambers. BMI and systolic blood pressure are the most important modifiable risk factors affecting CMR parameters known to be linked to adverse outcomes.
Project description:Alström Syndrome (ALMS) is an extremely rare multiorgan disease caused by mutations in ALMS1. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a common finding but only one series has been investigated by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR).Eight genetically proven ALMS patients (ages 11-41) underwent CMR performed by standard cine steady state, T1, T2 and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) sequences. Ejection fraction (EF), Diastolic Volume (EDV) and Systolic Volume normalized for body surface area (ESV), and mass indices were determined, as well as EDV/Mass ratio, an index expressing the adequacy of cardiac mass to heart volume. Regional fibrosis was assessed by LGE; diffuse fibrosis was measured by a TI scout sequence acquired at 5, 10 and 15 min after gadolinium by comparing inversion time values (TI) at null time in ALMS and control group.In one patient severe DCM was present with diffuse LGE. There were seven cases without clinical DCM. In these patients, EF was at lower normal limits or slightly reduced and ESV index increased; six patients had decreased mass index and EDV/Mass ratio. Mild regional non ischemic fibrosis was detected by LGE in three cases; diffuse fibrosis was observed in all cases, as demonstrated by shorter TI values in ALMS in comparison with controls (5 min: 152 ± 12 vs 186 ± 16, p 0.0002; 10 min: 175 ± 8 vs 204 ± 18, p 0.0012; 15 min: 193 ± 9 vs 224 ± 16, p 0.0002).Cardiac involvement in ALMS is characterized by progressive DCM, associated with systolic dysfunction, myocardial fibrosis and reduced myocardial mass.
Project description:Intensive diabetes therapy reduces the prevalence of coronary calcification and progression of atherosclerosis and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT)/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) study. The effects of intensive therapy on measures of cardiac function and structure and their association with glycemia have not been explored in type 1 diabetes (T1DM). We assess whether intensive treatment compared with conventional treatment during the DCCT led to differences in these parameters during EDIC. After 6.5 years of intensive versus conventional therapy in the DCCT, and 15 years of additional follow-up in EDIC, left ventricular (LV) indices were measured by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in 1,017 of the 1,371 members of the DCCT cohort. There were no differences between the DCCT intensive versus conventional treatment in end diastolic volume (EDV), end systolic volume, stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO), LV mass, ejection fraction, LV mass/EDV, or aortic distensibility (AD). Mean DCCT/EDIC HbA1c over time was associated with EDV, SV, CO, LV mass, LV mass/EDV, and AD. These associations persisted after adjustment for CVD risk factors. Cardiac function and remodeling in T1DM assessed by CMR in the EDIC cohort was associated with prior glycemic exposure, but there was no effect of intensive versus conventional treatment during the DCCT on cardiac parameters.
Project description:Heart failure (HF) may be accompanied by considerable alterations of left ventricular (LV) volume, depending on the particular phenotype. Two major types of HF have been identified, although heterogeneity within each category may be considerable. All variants of HF show substantially elevated LV filling pressures, which tend to induce changes in LV size and shape. Yet, one type of HF is characterized by near-normal values for LV end-diastolic volume (EDV) and even a smaller end-systolic volume (ESV) than in matched groups of persons without cardiac disease. Furthermore, accumulating evidence indicates that, both in terms of shape and size, in men and women, the heart reacts differently to adaptive stimuli as well as to certain pharmacological interventions. Adjustments of ESV and EDV such as in HF patients are associated with (reverse) remodeling mechanisms. Therefore, it is logical to analyze HF subtypes in a graphical representation that relates ESV to EDV. Following this route, one may expect that the two major phenotypes of HF are identified as distinct entities localized in different areas of the LV volume domain. The precise coordinates of this position imply unique characteristics in terms of the actual operating point for LV volume regulation. Evidently, ejection fraction (EF; equal to 1 minus the ratio of ESV and EDV) carries little information within the LV volume representation. Thus far, classification of HF is based on information regarding EF combined with EDV. Our analysis shows that ESV in the two HF groups follows different patterns in dependency of EDV. This observation suggests that a superior HF classification system should primarily be founded on information embodied by ESV.
Project description:We investigate the effects of myocardial transplantation of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived progenitors and cardiomyocytes into acutely infarcted myocardium in severe combined immune deficiency mice. A total of 2 × 10(5) progenitors, cardiomyocytes or cell-free saline were injected into peri-infarcted anterior free wall. Sham-operated animals received no injection. Myocardial function was assessed at 2-week and 4-week post-infarction by using echocardiography and pressure-volume catheterization. Early myocardial remodelling was observed at 2-week with echocardiography derived stroke volume (SV) in saline (20.45 ± 7.36 ?l, P < 0.05) and cardiomyocyte (19.52 ± 3.97 ?l, P < 0.05) groups, but not in progenitor group (25.65 ± 3.61 ?l), significantly deteriorated as compared to sham control group (28.41 ± 4.41 ?l). Consistently, pressure-volume haemodynamic measurements showed worsening chamber dilation in saline (EDV: 23.24 ± 5.01 ?l, P < 0.05; ESV: 17.08 ± 5.82 ?l, P < 0.05) and cardiomyocyte (EDV: 26.45 ± 5.69 ?l, P < 0.05; ESV: 18.03 ± 6.58 ?l, P < 0.05) groups by 4-week post-infarction as compared to control (EDV: 15.26 ± 2.96 ?l; ESV: 8.41 ± 2.94 ?l). In contrast, cardiac progenitors (EDV: 20.09 ± 7.76 ?l; ESV: 13.98 ± 6.74 ?l) persistently protected chamber geometry against negative cardiac remodelling. Similarly, as compared to sham control (54.64 ± 11.37%), LV ejection fraction was preserved in progenitor group from 2-(38.68 ± 7.34%) to 4-week (39.56 ± 13.26%) while cardiomyocyte (36.52 ± 11.39%, P < 0.05) and saline (35.34 ± 11.86%, P < 0.05) groups deteriorated early at 2-week. Improvements of myocardial function in the progenitor group corresponded to increased vascularization (16.12 ± 1.49/mm(2) to 25.48 ± 2.08/mm(2) myocardial tissue, P < 0.05) and coincided with augmented networking of cardiac telocytes in the interstitial space of infarcted zone.
Project description:BACKGROUND:There is a renewed interest in lower field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), due to their favorable physical properties, reduced costs, and increased accessibility to patients with implants. We sought to assess the diagnostic capabilities of high-performance low-field (0.55?T) CMR imaging for quantification of right and left ventricular volumes and systolic function in both healthy subjects and patients referred for clinical CMR. METHODS:Sixty-five subjects underwent paired exams at 1.5?T using a clinical CMR scanner and using an identical CMR system modified to operate at 0.55?T. Volumetric coverage of the right ventricle (RV) and left ventricles (LV) was obtained using either a breath-held cine balanced steady-state free-precession acquisition or a motion-corrected free-breathing re-binned cine acquisition. Bland-Altman analysis was used to compare LV and RV end-systolic volume (ESV), end-diastolic volume (EDV), ejection fraction (EF), and LV mass. Diagnostic confidence was scored on a Likert-type ordinal scale by blinded readers. RESULTS:There were no significant differences in LV and RV EDV between the two scanners (e.g., LVEDV: p =?0.77, bias?=?0.40?mL, correlation coefficient?=?0.99; RVEDV: p =?0.17, bias?=?-?1.6?mL, correlation coefficient?=?0.98), and regional wall motion abnormality scoring was similar (kappa 0.99). Blood-myocardium contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) at 0.55?T was 48?±?7% of the 1.5?T CNR, and contrast was sufficient for endocardial segmentation in all cases. Diagnostic confidence of images was scored as "good" to "excellent" for the two field strengths in the majority of studies. CONCLUSION:A high-performance 0.55?T system offers good bSSFP CMR image quality, and quantification of biventricular volumes and systolic function that is comparable to 1.5?T in patients. TRIAL REGISTRATION:Clinicaltrials.gov NCT03331380, NCT03581318.
Project description:BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shown that real-time three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography (RT3DE) gives more accurate and reproducible left ventricular (LV) volume and ejection fraction (EF) measurements than traditional two-dimensional methods. A new semi-automated tool (4DLVQ) for volume measurements in RT3DE has been developed. We sought to evaluate the accuracy and repeatability of this method compared to a 3D echo standard. METHODS: LV end-diastolic volumes (EDV), end-systolic volumes (ESV), and EF measured using 4DLVQ were compared with a commercially available semi-automated analysis tool (TomTec 4D LV-Analysis ver. 2.2) in 35 patients. Repeated measurements were performed to investigate inter- and intra-observer variability. RESULTS: Average analysis time of the new tool was 141s, significantly shorter than 261s using TomTec (p < 0.001). Bland Altman analysis revealed high agreement of measured EDV, ESV, and EF compared to TomTec (p = NS), with bias and 95% limits of agreement of 2.1 +/- 21 ml, -0.88 +/- 17 ml, and 1.6 +/- 11% for EDV, ESV, and EF respectively. Intra-observer variability of 4DLVQ vs. TomTec was 7.5 +/- 6.2 ml vs. 7.7 +/- 7.3 ml for EDV, 5.5 +/- 5.6 ml vs. 5.0 +/- 5.9 ml for ESV, and 3.0 +/- 2.7% vs. 2.1 +/- 2.0% for EF (p = NS). The inter-observer variability of 4DLVQ vs. TomTec was 9.0 +/- 5.9 ml vs. 17 +/- 6.3 ml for EDV (p < 0.05), 5.0 +/- 3.6 ml vs. 12 +/- 7.7 ml for ESV (p < 0.05), and 2.7 +/- 2.8% vs. 3.0 +/- 2.1% for EF (p = NS). CONCLUSION: In conclusion, the new analysis tool gives rapid and reproducible measurements of LV volumes and EF, with good agreement compared to another RT3DE volume quantification tool.
Project description:Infants with single ventricular physiology have volume and pressure overload that adversely affect ventricular mechanics. The impact of superior cavopulmonary anastomosis (SCPA) on single left ventricles versus single right ventricles is not known.As part of the Pediatric Heart Network placebo-controlled trial of enalapril in infants with single ventricular physiology, echocardiograms were obtained before SCPA and at 14 months and analyzed in a core laboratory. Retrospective analysis of the following measurements included single ventricular end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), mass, mass-to-volume ratio (mass/volume), and ejection fraction. Qualitative assessment of atrioventricular valve regurgitation and assessment of diastolic function were also performed.A total of 156 participants underwent echocardiography at both time points. Before SCPA, mean ESV and mass Z scores were elevated (3.4 ± 3.7 and 4.2 ± 2.9, respectively) as were mean EDV and mass/volume Z scores (2.1 ± 2.5 and 2.0 ± 2.9, respectively). EDV, ESV, and mass decreased after SCPA, but mass/volume and the degree of atrioventricular valve regurgitation did not change. Subjects with morphologic left ventricles demonstrated greater reductions in ventricular volumes and mass than those with right ventricles (mean change in Z score: left ventricular [LV] EDV, -1.9 ± 2.1; right ventricular EDV, -0.7 ± 2.5; LV ESV, -2.3 ± 2.9; right ventricular ESV, -0.9 ± 4.6; LV mass, -2.5 ± 2.8; right ventricular mass, -1.3 ± 2.6; P ? .03 for all). Approximately one third of patients whose diastolic function could be assessed had abnormalities at each time point.Decreases in ventricular size and mass occur in patients with single ventricle after SCPA, and the effect is greater in those with LV morphology. The remodeling process resulted in commensurate changes in ventricular mass and volume such that the mass/volume did not change significantly in response to the volume-unloading surgery.
Project description:In patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), reverse left ventricular (LV) remodelling, including reduction in LV mass, can be observed following long-term haemodialysis (HD) and has been attributed to regression of LV hypertrophy. However, LV mass can vary in response to changes in myocyte volume, edema, or fibrosis. The aims of this study were to investigate the acute changes in structural (myocardial mass and biventricular volumes) and tissue characterization parameters (native T1 and T2) following HD using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). Twenty-five stable HD patients underwent non-contrast CMR including volumetric assessment and native T1 and T2 mapping immediately pre- and post-HD. The mean time between the first and second scan was 9.1?±?1.1?hours and mean time from completion of dialysis to the second scan was 3.5?±?1.3?hours. Post-HD, there was reduction in LV mass (pre-dialysis 98.9?±?36.9?g/m2 vs post-dialysis 93.3?±?35.8?g/m2, p?=?0.003), which correlated with change in body weight (r?=?0.717, p?<?0.001). Both native T1 and T2 reduced significantly following HD (Native T1: pre-dialysis 1085?±?43?ms, post-dialysis 1072?±?43?ms; T2: pre-dialysis 53.3?±?3.0?ms, post-dialysis 51.8?±?3.1?ms, both p?<?0.05). These changes presumably reflect acute reduction in myocardial water content rather than regression of LV hypertrophy. CMR with multiparametric mapping is a promising tool to assess the cardiac changes associated with HD.