- Meeting abstract
- Open Access
305 Is real-time CMR really sensitive and specific for pericardial constriction?
© Flett et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008
- Published: 22 October 2008
- Venous Drainage
- Axis View
- Anatomical Change
- Endurance Athlete
- Young Athlete
CMR has excellent ability to detect the anatomical changes of pericardial thickening. It has been proposed that the physiological changes of constriction manifested by ventricular:ventricular interaction are also well detected using real-time dynamic CMR during inspiration/expiration.
That real-time dynamic CMR would be sensitive and specific for pericardial constriction.
42 consecutive patients referred for CMR without any clinical/echo/MRI features of constriction were compared with 8 individuals confirmed operatively to have had constriction using real-time SSFP cine imaging during inspiration/expiration in a short axis view.
Real-time dynamic CMR is indeed highly sensitive and specific for pericardial constriction provided that a) the septal flattening is marked and b) the individual under investigation is not a young athlete, where marked dynamic septal flattening can be normal.
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