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Quantification of epicardial fat volume using cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging
© Teme et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
- Published: 16 January 2014
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
- Cardiac Magnetic Resonance
- Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Image
- Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
A growing body of data has demonstrated a direct relationship between epicardial fat volume(EFV) and cardiovascular diseases. In fact, EFV has been shown to be an independent predictor of coronary atherosclerosis and atrial fibrillation. Currently, there is no standard protocol for assessing EFV using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). Quantification of peri-ventricular EFV utilizing end diastolic short-axis cine sequences has been described; however, this technique is often challenging due to inadequate visualization of the pericardium. Oftentimes, the pericardium is better visualized during the systolic phase. Thus, we sought to determine the correlation and reproducibility of conventional EFV quantification using end diastolic with end systolic short-axis slices.
Epicardial Fat Volume
EDFV vs. ESFV
-1.7 ± 6.0
-2.0 ± 9.7
ESFV demonstrates strong correlation, level of agreement and reproducibility with EDFV. When the pericardium is inadequately visualized during the end-diastolic phase, ESFV derived from standard cine sequences offers an alternate method for evaluating epicardial fat with CMR.
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