Assessment of diastolic function and atrial remodeling by MRI – validation and correlation with echocardiography and filling pressure
Seemann F., Baldassarre LA., Llanos-Chea F., Gonzales RA., Grunseich K., Hu C., Sugeng L., Meadows J., Heiberg E., Peters DC.
Atrial fibrosis can be estimated noninvasively by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), but diastolic dysfunction is clinically assessed by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), and rarely by MRI. This study aimed to evaluate well-established diastolic parameters using MRI, and validate them with TTE and left ventricular (LV) filling pressures, and to study the relationship between left atrial (LA) remodeling and parameters of diastolic function. The study retrospectively included 105 patients (53 ± 16 years, 39 females) who underwent 3D LGE MRI between 2012 and 2016. Medical charts were reviewed for the echocardiographic diastolic parameters E, A, and e′ by TTE, and pressure catheterizations. E and A were measured from in-plane phase-contrast cardiac MRI images, and e′ by feature-tracking, and validated with TTE. Interobserver and intraobserver variability was examined. Furthermore, LA volumes, function, and atrial LGE was correlated with diastolic parameters. Evaluation of e′ in MRI had strong agreement with TTE (r = 0.75, P