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Quantification of Biventricular Myocardial Strain Using CMR Feature Tracking: Reproducibility in Small Animals.

ABSTRACT: Myocardial strain is a well-validated parameter for evaluating myocardial contraction. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance myocardial feature tracking (CMR-FT) is a novel method for the quantitative measurements of myocardial strain from routine cine acquisitions. In this study, we investigated the influence of temporal resolution on tracking accuracy of CMR-FT and the intraobserver, interobserver, and interstudy reproducibilities for biventricular strain analysis in mice from self-gated CMR at 11.7?T. 12 constitutive nexilin knockout (Nexn-KO) mice, heterozygous (Het, N = 6) and wild-type (WT, N = 6), were measured with a well-established self-gating sequence twice within two weeks. CMR-FT measures of biventricular global and segmental strain parameters were derived. Interstudy, intraobserver, and interobserver reproducibilities were investigated. For the assessment of the impact of the temporal resolution for the outcome in CMR-FT, highly oversampled semi-4 chamber and midventricular short-axis data were acquired and reconstructed with 10 to 80 phases per cardiac cycle. A generally reduced biventricular myocardial strain was observed in Nexn-KO Het mice. Excellent intraobserver and interobserver reproducibility was achieved in all global strains (ICC range from 0.76 to 0.99), where global right ventricle circumferential strain (RCSSAX) showed an only good interobserver reproducibility (ICC 0.65, 0.11-0.89). For interstudy reproducibility, left ventricle longitudinal strain (LLSLAX) was the most reproducible measure of strain (ICC 0.90, 0.71-0.97). The left ventricle radial strain (LRSSAX) (ICC 0.50, 0.10-0.83) showed fair reproducibility and RCSSAX (ICC 0.36, 0.14-0.74) showed only poor reproducibility. In general, compared with global strains, the segmental strains showed relatively lower reproducibility. A minimal temporal resolution of 20 phases per cardiac cycle appeared sufficient for CMR-FT strain analysis. The analysis of myocardial strain from high-resolution self-gated cine images by CMR-FT provides a highly reproducible method for assessing myocardial contraction in small rodent animals. Especially, global LV longitudinal and circumferential strain revealed excellent reproducibility of intra- and interobserver and interstudy measurements.

PROVIDER: S-EPMC7847329 | BioStudies |

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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