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1 Assessment of Left Ventricular Systolic Function Riya S. Chacko, MD March 4, 2009

2 Clinical Significance Clinical decisions based on systolic function -> MADIT II, SCDHeFT trials for ICD implantation for those with depressed EF with or without coronary disease Heart failure management including cardiac resynchronization therapy Coronary disease -> prognosis, evaluation Use of cardiotoxic medications such as some chemotherapeutic agents

3 Definition of Ejection Fraction (EDV – ESV)/EDV Or stroke volume/EDV

4 Clinical Relevance of EF Variability Gula L. et al. Am Heart J 2008;156:

5 Correlation vs. Agreement Correlation coefficient describes the linear relationship between 2 variables. Closer to 1 or - 1 means stronger correlation. Difference between correlation coefficient and agreement. Correlation coefficient (CC) may be high with poor or moderate agreement (ie, EF differs by 20%) One study shows high correlation between 2D echo, RVG, and contrast left ventriculography but only moderate agreement (1)

6 Correlation Bland JM, Altman DG. (1986). Statistical methods for assessing agreement between two methods of clinical measurement. Lancet, i,

7 Agreement Bland JM, Altman DG. (1986). Statistical methods for assessing agreement between two methods of clinical measurement. Lancet, i,

8 (1) Naik MM. J Am Coil Cardiol 1995;25:937-42)

9 Imaging Modalities Used to Assess LV Systolic Function 1.2D Echocardiography 2.Contrast echocardiography 3.3D Echocardiography 4.Radionuclide ventriculography (MUGA, ERNA, RNA) 5.MRI 6.Gated SPECT 7.CT 8.Contrast cineventriculography (ventriculogram on catheterization)

10 2 Dimensional Echo Depends on identification of endocardial border and image quality Many methods of assessing LV systolic function both qualitative and quantitative Visual estimation using the 17 segment model or wall motion index (WMI) Quantitative assessment using M-mode, strain, displacement, speckle tracking, Simpson’s Rule, use of contrast agents

11 Simpson’s Rule

12 Concepts of LV Strain Defined as (L-Lo)/Lo where L is the length at the end of systole and Lo is the original length Measure tissue deformation May be obtained through M-mode, tissue doppler or speckle tracking As muscle contracts, it shortens in the longitudinal and circumferential axis (negative strain) and lengthens in the radial axis (positive strain). Taken from apex, negative during systole and positive during diastole. Associated with loading conditions. Increased pre-load increases strain, increased afterload decreases strain

13 Ping Sun J et al. (J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2004;17:132-8.)

14 LV Strain Rate Defined as Va-Vb/L Velocity at point (a) Velocity at point (b) L is the distance between both points

15 Normal Values of Systolic Myocardial Strain Ping Sun J et al. (J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2004;17:132-8.)

16 Limitations of LV Strain Limited by noise measurements Angle of the doppler must be parallel to the myocardium and thus, useful only in the long axis Angles changes during cardiac cycle and respiration

17 Speckle Tracking Based on B-mode harmonics Tracks characteristic speckle patterns based on interference from ultrasound waves and myocardium Angle-independent


19 Speckle vs. MRI Amundsen BH et al. (J Am Coll Cardiol 2006;47:789 –93)

20 Advantages of 2D Echo No radiation exposure Portable Accurate assessment of regional wall motion abnormalities Image acquisition not limited by presence of arrhythmias Assessment of other cardiac structures (ie valves, etc)

21 2D Echo Limitations Poor test-retest reliability Geometric assumptions Dependence on variable loading conditions Image quality – operator dependent and poor endocardial borders in 5-10% (12)

22 Comparing RVG to Echo Echocardiography detected 14 out of 15 patients with LVEF 40%, as estimated by radionuclide ventriculography (specificity=94%). The overall accuracy of echocardiography in identifying patients with a low ejection fraction was 94%. But test-retest correlation much lower for 2D echo than other modalities such as 3D echo (22) R Senior et al. European Heart Journal (1994) 15,

23 Contrast Echocardiography Utilizing microbubbles or fluorcarbon gas to stabilize bubbles such as Optison or Sonovue Major clinical use at this time is to assess LV function by enhancing endocardial borders Especially in those with less than 80% of endocardial border identified or those in ICU setting (mechanical ventilation) It is believed that 37% more diagnostic information may be obtained with contrast and even up to 50-90% improvement if poor echo windows in non-contrast studies (4)


25 Assessment of Regional Wall Motion 8 European Centers enrolled 100 patients to each have CVG, contrast echo and MRI within 72 hours of each other for LV assessment. Interobserver agreement expressed as kappa coefficient was 0.41 (range 0.37 to 0.44) for unenhanced echocardiography, 0.43 (range 0.29 to 0.79) for cMRT, 0.56 (range 0.44 to 0.70) for cineventriculography, and 0.77 (range 0.71 to 0.88) for contrast echocardiography. Accuracy to detect EPD-defined RWMA was highest for contrast echocardiography, followed by cMRI, unenhanced echocardiography, and cineventriculography. Hoffmann R et al. (J Am Coll Cardiol 2006;47:121– 8)


27 Hundley et al. J Am Coll Cardiol 1998;32:1426 –32.

28 Bhatia et al Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography May

29 3D Echocardiography Attempts to use 3D echo rely on less geometric assumptions as compared to 3D echo 3D analysis minimizes variation in EF assessment

30 Limitations of 3D Echo Large hearts (increased LV volume) Image quality - Inability to differentiate endocardial borders

31 Intra and Inter-observer variability Jenkins et al.

32 3D versus 2D as compared to MRI Jenkins et al.

33 CMR versus 3D Echo Soliman O et al. Am J Cardiol 2008;102:778 –783

34 Contrast 3D Echocardiography Krenn ing et al.

35 Radionuclide Angiography Introduced in the 1970s as a “gold standard” against invasive ventriculography for accurate assessment of LV function Technetium-labeled erythrocytes or albumin “Pre-tinned” with a stannous agent (Sn+2) which crosses easily across the RBC membrane and binds to cellular components. Serves as chelating agent for technetium- 99m pertechninate (binds to hemoglobin) Certain drugs interfere with RBC labeling such as: doxorubicin and epirubicine. No interactions with human serum albumin (HSA).

36 RVG Two types: first pass and equilibrium gated RNA or MUGA Radionuclide ventriculography is used for assessment of dilated cardiomyopathies in presence of cardiotoxic drugs (chemotherapy) Right ventricular dysplasia Aortic regurgitation Cardiac resynchronization therapy Lung transplantation candidates : RV assessment B. Hesse et al. EANM/ESC guidelines for radionuclide imaging of cardiac function. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging (2008) 35:851–885

37 RVG Normal values are center-dependent (ie, could range from 35-75% as normal) EF assessed by creating ROI (region of interest) around LV at end-diastole and then background ROI at end-systole. A time activity estimated stroke volume using EDV and ESV is used to calculate EF. Highly reproducible quantification of EF EF can also be assessed during exercise No assumptions made about geometry


39 RVG Folland EG et al. JNuclMed 18: , 1977

40 First Pass RVG Technique

41 Limitations of RVG Radiation dose mSv. Relative contraindication in pregnancy and lactating women. In MUGA, there is an overlap of cardiac chambers (vs. first pass)


43 Folland et al.

44 Bellenger et al. compared RVG vs. 2D echo (Simpson and M-mode) and cardiac MRI to assess LVEF and found a statistical difference between all except Simpson 2D and MRI. Naik et al reported variation of echo EF of 40% with EF of 20-60% by RNA despite an excellent correlation coefficient of (1) In Naik’s study, echo had an intra-observer variability of 4.4% and inter-observer variability of 6.1%. RNA had 2.5% and 6.8%.

45 Cardiac MRI Assesses volume by a disk summation method. This may inaccurately include basal structures such as the aortic root or left atrium at the level of the mitral valve. Considered the “gold standard” for EF measurement Shows a high level of reproducibility Advantages include: lack of radiation exposure, avoidance of contrast media injection, and excellent temporal and acceptable spatial resolution

46 Limitations of Cardiac MRI Expense Availability Limited use in cardiac patients with defibrillators/pacemakers and heart failure

47 Cardiac CT In a study by Dewey et al, 88 patients underwent MSCT, CVG and MRI. Echo was retrospectively analyzed in a subset. Agreement was significantly superior for MSCT than for CVG ( 10.2% vs. 16.8%; p 0.001) and Echo ( 11.0% vs. 21.2%; p 0.001). For the end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes, the limits of agreement with CVG (p 0.001) and Echo (p and p 0.02, respectively) were also significantly larger than with MSCT. Radiation varies from 1-2 mSv2

48 Intra-observer analysis of MSCT yielded limits of agreement for ejection fraction ( 4.8%), end- diastolic volume ( 15.6 ml) and end-systolic volume ( 8.0 ml), and myocardial mass ( 18.2 g). The accuracy in identifying patients and myocardial segments with abnormal regional function was significantly higher with MSCT (84% and 95%) than with CVG (63% and 90%; p and p 0.001), whereas MSCT and Echo were not significantly different in identifying patients with abnormal regional function.

49 Dewey et al.


51 Intraobserver Variability Dewey et al.

52 Limitations of Cardiac CT Poor temporal resolution and radiation exposure have limited use of MDCT to assess LV function Decremental decrease in image quality in systole

53 Brodofoel used a dual-source CT to improve temporal resolution in 20 patients

54 Statistical Correlation of EF by MRI and CT Brodofoel et al.

55 Agreement between Regional Wall Motion Dysfunction Brodofoel et al.

56 Gated SPECT Utilizes either thallium or technetium 99m tracers such as tetrofosmin or sestamibi. Utilizes the concept of partial volume effect or recovery coefficient which means the brightness of the tracer varies with the thickness of the wall (despite same level of tracer). Thus, in systole, walls are brighter. Automated evaluation of EF using endo and epicardial borders to create a 3D display


58 Correlation between Thallium and MIBI Germano G et al.

59 SPECT vs. Echo Nichols et al compared SPECT to 2D echo By ANOVA, there were no significant differences among ejection fractions (EFs), but there were for volumes. Linear regression analysis comparing gated SPECT and echocardiographic volumes showed a nearly identical strong correlation (r = 0.92; P < ) J Nucl Med 2000; 41:


61 Gated SPECT Disadvantages Limited by arrhythmias by ECG-gating (22) Attenuation, fixed perfusion defects may incorrectly underestimate wall thickening and thus underestimate LVEF Radiation exposure equals that of an RVG

62 CVG Biplane 30 degrees RAO and 60 degrees LAO or single view

63 15 to 60 frames per second (fps), and radiographic contrast material is usually injected into the left ventricle at rates of 7 to 15 mL/ sec for a total volume of 30 to 50 mL Left ventricle assumed to be an ellipsoid Fifer MA and Grossman W.

64 Initial comparisons to MRI Stratetmeier et al.


66 Limitations of CVG Radiation exposure Invasive risk of procedure Geometric assumptions on biplane view Contrast medium risk

67 In Summary… Many different imaging modalities used to assess EF. However, EF interpretation is not interchangeable among the studies despite good correlation. Choice of modality should reflect understanding of intra and inter-observer variability. Exposure to radiation also a consideration.

68 Imaging Modalities Used to Assess LV Systolic Function 1.2D Echocardiography 2.Contrast echocardiography 3.3D Echocardiography 4.Radionuclide ventriculography (MUGA, ERNA, RNA) 5.MRI 6.Gated SPECT 7.CT 8.Contrast cineventriculography (ventriculogram on catheterization)

69 References 1.Naik MM. J Am Coil Cardiol 1995;25: Ping Sun J et al. J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2004;17: R Senior et al. European Heart Journal (1994) 15, Bhatia VK, Senior R. Contrast Echocardiography: Evidence for Clinical Use. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography May Hoffmann R et al. Analysis of Regional Left Ventricular Function by Cineventriculography, Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Unenhanced and Contrast-Enhanced Echocardiography: A Multicenter Comparison of MethodsJ Am Coll Cardiol 2006;47:121– 8) © Hundley WG, Kizilbash AM et al. Administration of an Intravenous Perfluorocarbon Contrast Agent Improves Echocardiographic Determination of Left Ventricular Volumes and Ejection Fraction: Comparison With Cine Magnetic Resonance Imaging. J Am Coll Cardiol 1998;32:1426 –32. 7.Stewart MJ. Contrast echocardiography. Heart 2003;89; Olszewski R, Timperely J, et al. The clinical applications of contrast echocardiography. Eur J Echocardiography (2007) 8, S13eS23. 9.Jenkins C, Bricknell K, et al. Reproducibility and Accuracy of Echocardiographic Measurements of Left Ventricular Parameters Using Real-Time Three-Dimensional Echocardiography. (J Am Coll Cardiol 2004;44:878–86).

70 10.Soliman O.I.I., Kirschbaum SW, et al. Accuracy and Reproducibility of Quantitation of Left Ventricular Function by Real-Time Three-Dimensional Echocardiography Versus Cardiac Magnetic Resonance. (Am J Cardiol 2008;102:778 –783) 11. McGowan JH, Cleland JGF. Reliability of reporting left ventricular systolic function by echocardiography: A systematic review of 3 methods. Am Heart J 2003;146:388– Dewey M, Muller M, et al. Evaluation of Global and Regional Left Ventricular Function With 16-Slice Computed Tomography, Biplane Cineventriculography, and Two-Dimensional Transthoracic Echocardiography Comparison With Magnetic Resonance Imaging. J Am Coll Cardiol 2006;48:2034– Henneman MM, Bax JJ, et al. Global and regional left ventricular function: a comparison between gated SPECT, 2D echocardiography and multi-slice computed tomography. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging (2006) 33:1452– Brodoefel H, Kramer U, et al. Dual-Source CT with Improved Temporal Resolution in Assessment of Left Ventricular Function: A Pilot Study. AJR:189, November 2007: Juergens KU, Fischbach R. Left ventricular function studied with MDCT. Eur Radiol (2006) 16: 342– Jenkins C, Bricknell K, et al. Comparison of Two- and Three-Dimensional Echocardiography With Sequential Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Evaluating Left Ventricular Volume and Ejection Fraction Over Time in Patients With Healed Myocardial Infarction. Am J Cardiol 2007;99:300–306)

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