Assessment of global left ventricular function with dual-source computed tomography in patients with valvular heart disease

So Hyeon Bak, Sung Min Ko, Hae Jeong Jeon, Hyun Suk Yang, Hweung Kon Hwang, Meong Gun Song
Acta Radiologica 2012 April 1, 53 (3): 270-7

BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) function is a vital parameter for prognosis, therapy guidance, and follow-up of cardiovascular disease. Dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) provides an accurate analysis of global LV function.

PURPOSE: To assess the performance of DSCT in the determination of global LV functional parameters in comparison with cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (2D-TTE) in patients with valvular heart disease (VHD).

MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 111 patients (58 men, mean age 49.9 years) with known VHD and who underwent DSCT, 2D-TTE, and CMR a period of 2 weeks before undergoing valve surgery were included in this study. LV end-systolic volume (ESV), end-diastolic volume (EDV), stroke volume (SV), and ejection fraction (EF) were calculated by DSCT using the threshold-based technique, by 2D-TTE using a modified Simpson's method, and by CMR using Simpson's method. Agreement for parameters of LV global function was determined with the Pearson's correlation coefficient (r) and Bland-Altman analysis. All the DSCT and CMR data-sets were assessed independently by two readers.

RESULTS: Fifty of the total 111 patients had aortic VHD, 29 patients had mitral VHD, and 32 patients had mixed aortic and mitral VHD. An excellent inter-observer agreement was seen for the assessment of global LV function using DSCT (r = 0.910-0.983) and CMR (r = 0.854-0.965). An excellent or good correlation (r = 0.93, 0.95, 0.87, and 0.71, respectively, P < 0.001) was noted between the DSCT and 2D-TTE values for EDV, ESV, SV, and EF. EDV (33.7 mL, P < 0.001), ESV (12.1 mL, P < 0.001), SV (21.2 mL, P < 0.001), and EF (1.6%, P = 0.019) were significantly overestimated by DSCT when compared with 2D-TTE. An excellent correlation (r = 0.96, 0.97, 0.91, and 0.94, respectively, P < 0.001) between DSCT and CMR was seen in the evaluation of EDV, ESV, SV, and EF. EDV (15.9 mL, P < 0.001), ESV (7.3 mL, P < 0.001), and SV (8.5 mL, P < 0.001) were significantly underestimated, but EF (1.1%, P = 0.002) was significantly overestimated by DSCT when compared with CMR.

CONCLUSION: Our study showed that DSCT measurements of global LV function using the threshold-based technique were highly reproducible and compared more favorably with CMR measurements using Simpson's method than those of 2D-TTE using the modified Simpson's method. DSCT enables accurate quantification of global LV function in patients with VHD.

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