Purpose: The authors sought to compare magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) for assessing left ventricular (LV) function parameters in a large patient population. Materials and methods: The study was conducted on 181 patients who underwent cardiac MRI and cardiac CT for various indications. For MRI, we used two-dimensional cine balanced steady-state free precession (b-SSFP) sequences, and for CT we used multiphase short-axis reconstructions. Volume data sets were evaluated with dedicated software. Results were compared with a paired, two-tailed Student's t test, Pearson's correlation (r), and Bland-Altman analysis. Results: A high level of concordance was observed between cardiac MRI and CT. Ejection fraction (EF) was 53±14% for MRI vs. 53%±15% for CT. There was good correlation for EF (r=0.71; p>0.05) and end-systolic volume (r=0.74; p>0.05). End-diastolic volume (74±23 ml at MRI vs. 71±19 ml at CT; r=0.58; p<0.05) and myocardial mass (63±20 g at MRI and 56±18 g at CT; r=0.89; p<0.01) showed statistically significant differences, although the discrepancy had no clinical impact. Conclusions: MRI and CT show a good level of agreement in assessing LV function parameters, and both can be used interchangeably in clinical practice.

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Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Palumbo, A, Maffei, E, Martini, C, Messalli, G, Seitun, S, Malagó, R, … Cademartiri, F. (2010). Functional parameters of the left ventricle: comparison of cardiac MRI and cardiac CT in a large population. La Radiologia Medica, 115(5), 702–713. doi:10.1007/s11547-010-0525-0