Impact of Temporal and Spatial Resolution on Atrial Feature Tracking Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Sören Jan Backhaus (Göttingen)1, J. Schmidt-Rimpler (Göttingen)1, F. Hartmann (Göttingen)1, P. Schaten (Graz)2, T. Lange (Göttingen)1, R. Evertz (Göttingen)1, A. Schulz (Göttingen)1, J. Kowallick (Göttingen)3, T. Lapinskas (Berlin)4, G. Hasenfuß (Göttingen)1, S. Kelle (Berlin)5, A. Schuster (Göttingen)1

1Universitätsmedizin Göttingen Herzzentrum, Klinik für Kardiologie und Pneumologie Göttingen, Deutschland; 2Graz University of Technology Institute of Biomedical Imaging Graz, Österreich; 3Universitätsmedizin Göttingen Institut Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie Göttingen, Deutschland; 4Deutsches Herzzentrum der Charite (DHZC) Berlin, Deutschland; 5Deutsches Herzzentrum der Charite (DHZC) Klinik für Kardiologie, Angiologie und Intensivmedizin | CBF Berlin, Deutschland


Myocardial deformation assessment by cardiovascular magnetic resonance-feature tracking (CMR-FT) has incremental prognostic value over volumetric analyses. Recently, atrial functional analyses have come to the fore. However, to date recommendations for optimal resolution parameters for accurate atrial functional analyses are still lacking.

CMR-FT was performed in 12 healthy volunteers and 9 ischemic heart failure (HF) patients. Cine sequences were acquired using different temporal (20, 30, 40 and 50 frames/cardiac cycle) and spatial resolution parameters (high 1.5x1.5 mm in plane and 5 mm slice thickness, standard 1.8x1.8x8 mm and low 3.0x3.0x10 mm). Inter- and intra-observer reproducibility were calculated.

Increasing temporal resolution is associated with higher absolute strain and strain rate (SR) values. Significant changes in strain assessment for left atrial (LA) total strain occurred between 20 and 30 frames/cycle amounting to 2,5-4,4 % absolute changes depending on spatial resolution settings. From 30 frames/cycle onward, absolute strain values remained unchanged. Significant changes of LA strain rate assessment were observed up to the highest temporal resolution of 50 frames/cycle. Effects of spatial resolution on strain assessment were smaller. For LA total strain a general trend emerged for a mild decrease in strain values obtained comparing the lowest to the highest spatial resolution at temporal resolutions of 20, 40 and 50 frames/cycle (p=0.006-0.046) but not at 30 frames/cycle (p=0.140).

Temporal and to a smaller extent spatial resolution affect atrial functional assessment. Consistent strain assessment requires a standard spatial resolution and a temporal resolution of 30 frames/cycle, whilst SR assessment requires even higher settings of at least 50 frames/cycle.

Diese Seite teilen