Accuracy and reproducibility of geometric models for assessment of left ventricular ejection faction using cardiovascular magnetic resonance
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance volume 12, Article number: P231 (2010)
To assess the accuracy and reproducibility of geometric models for assessment of left ventricular ejection fraction.
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is considered the clinical gold standard for accurate and reproducible assessment of left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF). However, manual contouring of an entire LV short-axis stack can be time consuming. A number of geometric approximation models for assessment of ventricular volumes have previously been validated using angiography, echocardiography and single photon emission computed tomography. We aimed to assess the accuracy and reproducibility of these geometric models for LV EF assessment in unselected patients referred for clinically indicated CMR.
67 consecutive patients were recruited. SSFP cine images were obtained using a 1.5 T scanner (Siemens Avanto, Germany) equipped with a 32-channel surface coil. LV volumetric analysis was performed with the open source software package OSIRIX utilising the following geometric models - Triplane, Biplane, Monoplane, Hemi-ellipse, Modified Simpson's ellipse ("Mod Simps") and Teichholz. Analysis by manual endocardial border tracing of each short-axis slice in an LV 'stack' using Siemens Argus software was used as the reference standard. The images of 25 randomly selected patients were also independently analysed by a second observer to allow assessment of inter-observer reproducibility and then reanalysed by both observers to assess intra-observer reproducibility.
The accuracy and reproducibility of geometric models for LV EF assessment are too low for clinical use.
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Jordan, P., Miller, C.A., Newton, T. et al. Accuracy and reproducibility of geometric models for assessment of left ventricular ejection faction using cardiovascular magnetic resonance. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 12 (Suppl 1), P231 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1186/1532-429X-12-S1-P231