OBJECTIVE: Evaluation of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging to assess right ventricular infarction in patients with acute inferior myocardial infarction. BACKGROUND: Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging has been used for assessing scar tissue after left ventricular infarction. The value of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging to assess right ventricular infarction is unknown and was evaluated. METHODS: Consecutive patients (n=18) with first acute inferior infarction were included. Resting electrocardiogram and right-sided electrocardiogram were acquired to assess right ventricular involvement. Resting cine magnetic resonance imaging was performed to evaluate right ventricular function and volumes, whereas the extent of right ventricular scar tissue was assessed by contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. Cine magnetic resonance imaging was repeated at 6-months follow-up to re-assess right ventricular function and volumes. RESULTS: Sensitivity and specificity of magnetic resonance imaging were 100 and 78%, respectively, to detect right ventricular infarction (using the right-sided electrocardiogram as the gold standard). At 6 months follow-up, patients with scar tissue on contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging showed right ventricular dilatation. Moreover, the extent of right ventricular scar tissue was linearly related to the severity of right ventricular dilatation. CONCLUSIONS: Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging permits accurate assessment of right ventricular scar tissue. Patients with extensive right ventricular infarction demonstrate right ventricular dilatation at 6 months follow-up.

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Keywords Magnetic resonance imaging, Remodeling, Right ventricular infarction
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1097/MCA.0b013e32801104c1, hdl.handle.net/1765/36510
Journal Coronary Artery Disease
Citation
Kaandorp, T.A.M, Lamb, H.J, Poldermans, D, Viergever, E.P, Boersma, H, van der Wall, E.E, … Bax, J.J. (2007). Assessment of right ventricular infarction with contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. Coronary Artery Disease, 18(1), 39–43. doi:10.1097/MCA.0b013e32801104c1