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Inter-technique agreement between two-dimensional echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging in the setting of bicuspid aortic valve disease
© Vicedo et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
- Published: 16 January 2014
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
- Aortic Root
- Bicuspid Aortic Valve
- Aortic Valve Disease
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common form of congenital heart disease and 30-50% of BAV have an associated aortopathy. Accurate aortic measurements are therefore particularly important in these patients. Two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) is typically used to follow the aortic size in these patients; however, cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) offers the potential advantage of 3-dimensional datasets that can be used to make more accurate measurements. Inter-technique differences in aortic measurements for BAV patients using these techniques has not been extensively studied. Our aim was to evaluate the measurement variability associated with each technique and their mutual agreement in measuring the aortic root.
Retrospective review of patients with BAV who had both CMR and 2DE. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) or 3D whole-heart imaging (Philips 1.5-T scanner) combined with offline analysis with double oblique planes were used to obtain measurements of the sinus of Valsalva (SOV) on CMR (dimension 1 and 2). On 2DE, the SOV was measured on the parasternal long axis view using the inner-edge to inner-edge technique. Bland-Altman analysis was performed to evaluate the inter-technique agreement between 2DE and CMR. Intraobserver reproducibility was measured as coefficient of variation (CV) and 95% confidence intervals between repeated measurements.
2DE measurements are more variable and significantly underestimate SOV dimensions compared to CMR in patients with BAV. If serial 2DE is being considered to follow aortic root dimensions, CMR should be performed to confirm that the measurement is not significantly underestimating the true maximum diameter.
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