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J Magn Reson Imaging. 2015 Apr;41(4):1129-37. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24625. Epub 2014 Apr 3.

Intertechnique agreement and interstudy reproducibility of strain and diastolic strain rate at 1.5 and 3 Tesla: a comparison of feature-tracking and tagging in patients with aortic stenosis.

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Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, United Kingdom; NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, United Kingdom.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine the interstudy reproducibility of myocardial strain and peak early-diastolic strain rate (PEDSR) measurement on cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) assessed with feature tracking (FT) and tagging, in patients with aortic stenosis (AS).

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Cardiac MRI was performed twice (1-14 days apart) in 18 patients (8 at 1.5 Tesla [T], 10 at 3T) with moderate-severe AS. Circumferential peak systolic strain (PSS) and PEDSR were measured in all patients. Longitudinal PSS and PEDSR were assessed using FT in all patients, and tagging in the 3T sub-group.

RESULTS:

PSS was higher with FT than tagging (21.0 ± 1.9% versus 17.0 ± 3.4% at 1.5T, 21.4 ± 4.0% versus 17.7 ± 3.0% at 3T, P < 0.05), as was PEDSR (1.3 ± 0.3 s(-1) versus 1.0 ± 0.3 s(-1) , P = 0.10 at 1.5T and 1.3 ± 0.4 s(-1) versus 0.8 ± 0.3 s(-1) , P < 0.05 at 3T). The reproducibility of PSS was excellent with FT (coefficient of variation [CoV] 9-10%) and good with tagging at 1.5T (13-19%). Reproducibility of circumferential PEDSR was best at 1.5T when only basal/mid slices were included (CoV 12%), but moderate to poor at 3T (29-35%). Reproducibility of longitudinal strain was good with FT (10-16%) but moderate for PEDSR (∼30%).

CONCLUSION:

In patients with AS, FT consistently produces higher values compared with tagging. The interstudy reproducibility of PSS is excellent with FT and good with tagging. The reproducibility of circumferential PEDSR at 1.5T is good when only basal and mid slices are used.

KEYWORDS:

Cardiac MRI; aortic stenosis; feature tracking; tagging

PMID:
24700404
DOI:
10.1002/jmri.24625
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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