Volume 10 Supplement 1

Abstracts of the 11th Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions - 2008

Open Access

2028 Localisation of regurgitant defects by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in patients with mitral valve prolapse

  • Ruvin Gabriel1,
  • Andrew Kerr,
  • Brett Cowan2,
  • Irene Zeng3,
  • Ralph Stewart3 and
  • Chris Occleshaw3
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance200810(Suppl 1):A297

DOI: 10.1186/1532-429X-10-S1-A297

Published: 22 October 2008

Introduction

In mitral valve prolapse, determining whether the valve is suitable for surgical repair depends on the location and mechanism of regurgitation.

Purpose

We assess if cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging can accurately map prolapsing or flail mitral valve leaflet segments and identify regurgitant jet direction.

Methods

CMR imaging of the mitral valve was compared with trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE) in 27 patients with chronic moderate to severe mitral regurgitation due to mitral valve prolapse. Contiguous long-axis high temporal resolution CMR cine images perpendicular to the valve commissures were obtained across the mitral valve from the medial to lateral annulus. This technique allowed systematic valve inspection and mapping of leaflet prolapse using a 6 segment model. CMR mapping was compared with trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) or surgical inspection in 10 patients.

Results

CMR and TTE agreed on the presence/absence of leaflet abnormality in 53 of 54 (98%) leaflets. Prolapse or flail was seen in 36 of 54 mitral valve leaflets examined on TTE. CMR and TTE agreed on the discrimination of prolapse from flail in 33 of 36 (92%) leaflets and on the predominant regurgitant jet direction in 26 of the 27 (96%) patients. In the 10 patients with TEE or surgical operative findings available, CMR correctly classified 56 of 60 (93%) leaflet segments.

Conclusion

Systematic mitral valve mapping using a simple protocol is feasible and could easily be incorporated into CMR studies in patients with mitral regurgitation due to mitral valve prolapse. CMR valve mapping may be an alternative to preoperative TEE.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Middlemore Hospital
(2)
Centre for Advanced MRI
(3)
Auckland District Health Board

Copyright

© Gabriel et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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