Normal values for wall thickening by magnetic resonance imaging
© Ubachs et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 28 January 2009
The aim of this study was therefore to describe normal values for myocardial wall motion using steady state free precession MRI.
Regional left ventricular dysfunction is a major consequence of myocardial ischemia. Accurate quantitative analysis of wall motion is therefore essential for risk area assessment. In order to assess wall motion abnormalities, normal values need to be established. Although previous studies exist, to our knowledge however, no absolute regional values for wall thickening have been published using MRI steady state free precession pulse sequence (SSFP). It has been shown that there is a statistical difference in left ventricular mass between SSFP and the older gradient echo pulse sequences.
Fifty healthy, non-athletic subjects (age: 35 ± 11, M/F: 30/20) were included in this study. Short-axis SSFP cine images were taken and absolute wall thickening and fractional wall thickening were assessed after manual tracing of the endocardial and epicardial borders. As an internal quality check, tracings were considered correct when difference in left ventricular mass between end-diastolic and end-systolic tracings was less than 2%. Normal values for wall thickening were calculated and converted into the American Heart Association 17-segment model. The most basal slice included in the analysis, was the first slice below the membranous septum in end-systole. The most apical slice was excluded.
The present study presents normal values for wall thickening derived from short-axis MRI. These normal values can be used as reference for quantitative assessment of wall motion abnormalities in various cardiac disease states.
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