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- Open Access
1054 Noninvasive Qp/Qs ratio measurement with phase-contrast cine MRI in patients with atrial septal defect: comparison with heart catheterization
© Chiribiri et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008
- Published: 22 October 2008
- Public Health
- Blood Flow
- Regression Analysis
- Correlation Analysis
- Method Comparison
Blood flow can be quantified noninvasively by phase-contrast cine MRI (PC-MRI) in adults. Little is known about the accuracy of this measurement in patients with known atrial septal defect.
Aim of the study was to compare the results of PC-Mri with heart catheterization
In 25 patients with a type-II atrial septal defect, blood flow rate in the great vessels was determined by 1 Tesla PC-MRI and the ratio of pulmonary to aortic flow (Qp/Qs) was compared with Qp/Qs by oximetry requiring heart catheterization, performed before of an attempt of percutaneous closure of the defect.
The interval between measurements was 11 ± 18 days (range 1–78 days). Mean Qp was 9.2 ± 3.3 l/min with PC-MRI, and 8.6 ± 4 l/min with catheterization (p = 0.57). Mean Qs was 4.8 ± 1.6 l/min with PC-MRI, and 4.5 ± 1.3 l/min with catheterization (p = 0.46). Qp/Qs ratio was 1.99 ± 0.72 with PC-MRI, and 1.96 ± 0.96 with catheterization (p = 0.92).
Determination of Qp/Qs ratio by PC-MRI is quick, safe, and reliable compared with oximetry. This noninvasive method could be used to quantify the interatrial shunt in patients with known atrial septal type-II defect, in order to demonstrate hemodinamic importance of the defect, and to reduce the need for time-consuming diagnostic heart catheterization.
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