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Left atrial strain: a multi-modality, multi-vendor comparison study


Pathan, F and Zainal Abidin, HA and Vo, QH and Zhou, H and D'Angelo, T and Elen, E and Negishi, K and Puntmann, VO and Marwick, TH and Nagel, E, Left atrial strain: a multi-modality, multi-vendor comparison study, European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging, (December) pp. 1-9. ISSN 2047-2404 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/ehjci/jez303


Aims: Left atrial (LA) strain is a prognostic biomarker with utility across a spectrum of acute and chronic cardiovascular pathologies. There are limited data on intervendor differences and no data on intermodality differences for LA strain. We sought to compare the intervendor and intermodality differences between transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) derived LA strain. We hypothesized that various components of atrial strain would show good intervendor and intermodality correlation but that there would be systematic differences between vendors and modalities.

Methods and Results: We evaluated 54 subjects (43 patients with a clinical indication for CMR and 11 healthy volunteers) in a study comparing TTE- and CMR-derived LA reservoir strain (ƐR), conduit strain (ƐCD), and contractile strain (ƐCT). The LA strain components were evaluated using four dedicated types of post-processing software. We evaluated the correlation and systematic bias between modalities and within each modality. Intervendor and intermodality correlation was: ƐR [intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC 0.64-0.90)], ƐCD (ICC 0.62-0.89), and ƐCT (ICC 0.58-0.77). There was evidence of systematic bias between vendors and modalities with mean differences ranging from (3.1-12.2%) for ƐR, ƐCD (1.6-8.6%), and ƐCT (0.3-3.6%). Reproducibility analysis revealed intraobserver coefficient of variance (COV) of 6.5-14.6% and interobserver COV of 9.9-18.7%.

Conclusion: Vendor derived ƐR, ƐCD, and ƐCT demonstrates modest to excellent intervendor and intermodality correlation depending on strain component examined. There are systematic differences in measurements depending on modality and vendor. These differences may be addressed by future studies, which, examine calibration of LA geometry/higher frame rate imaging, semi-quantitative approaches, and improvements in reproducibility.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:atrial deformation, atrial strain, feature tracking, multi-vendor multi-modality, speckle tracking
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pathan, F (Dr Faraz Pathan)
UTAS Author:Vo, QH (Mr Quang Vo)
UTAS Author:Negishi, K (Dr Kazuaki Negishi)
UTAS Author:Marwick, TH (Professor Tom Marwick)
ID Code:138043
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-03-21
Last Modified:2022-08-30

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