Internal Flow Fraction discriminates patients with dyssynchronous heart failure from age and sex-matched controls
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance volume 11, Article number: O92 (2009)
Evaluate the ability of Internal Flow Fraction to diagnose left ventricular dyssynchrony using standard cine MRI.
Better methods to quantify mechanical dyssynchrony in the heart may improve patient selection for cardiac resynchronization therapy. Dyssynchrony creates inefficient "sloshing" of blood volume internally within the left ventricle (LV). This "internal flow" represents wasted energy due to the dyssynchronous motion of the LV walls. We developed a new method to quantify internal flow from cine cardiac MRI which may provide a better, more physiologic measure of dyssynchrony than existing methods.
LV internal flow will be significantly increased in patients with dyssynchronous heart failure compared to healthy, age and sex-matched volunteers.
Images were obtained with a 1.5 T Philips Intera scanner using a 5-element phased array cardiac coil. Short-axis steady-state free-precession (SSFP) cines were acquired over the length of the LV during breath-holds (8–10 mm slices with no gaps, 20 phases per cardiac cycle). Two and four-chamber long-axis cine images were also acquired. Ten patients with dyssynchronous heart failure (New York Heart Association class III/IV, LV ejection fraction < 35%, QRS > 150 ms) and 10 age and sex-matched healthy controls were imaged. The 3-dimensional LV volume was reconstructed and divided into 16 wedge-shaped volumes adjacent to the American Heart Association standardized myocardial segments (Fig 1A). Internal flow was defined as the sum of the magnitude of the volume changes in the 16 regions minus the magnitude of the global volume change over each time step in the cardiac cycle: IF(t) = ∑|ΔV(t) regional | - |Δ∑V(t) regional |. This difference is zero if no internal flow has occurred. Internal Flow Fraction (IFF) was defined as the total internal flow as a percentage of stroke volume.
IFF was significantly increased in the patients (10 ± 5% vs 1 ± 1% in the healthy controls, p < 0.001). An IFF threshold of 4% discriminated between patients and controls with 90% sensitivity and 100% specificity (Fig 1B). There were two large physiologic peaks of internal flow in the healthy controls: one during isovolumic contraction and another during isovolumic relaxation (Fig 2A). Internal flow occurred throughout the cardiac cycle in the patients, but peaked during the isovolumic periods (Fig 2B).
Left ventricular Internal Flow Fraction can be quantified from images acquired in a standard cine cardiac MRI exam. Internal flow during the isovolumic periods is a normal, physiologic component of left ventricular contraction and relaxation. A left ventricular Internal Flow Fraction of 4% discriminated patients with dyssynchronous heart failure from age and sex-matched healthy controls with 95% accuracy.
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Fornwalt, B.K., Delfino, J.G., Kurz, C.R. et al. Internal Flow Fraction discriminates patients with dyssynchronous heart failure from age and sex-matched controls. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 11 (Suppl 1), O92 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1186/1532-429X-11-S1-O92