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Visualization of coronary venous anatomy by cardiovascular magnetic resonance

Younger, J.F., Plein, S., Crean, A., Ball, S.G. and Greenwood, J.P. (2009) Visualization of coronary venous anatomy by cardiovascular magnetic resonance. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance , 11.


BACKGROUND Coronary venous imaging with whole-heart cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) angiography has recently been described using developmental pulse sequences and intravascular contrast agents. However, the practical utility of coronary venous imaging will be for patients with heart failure in whom cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) is being considered. As such complementary information on ventricular function and myocardial viability will be required. The aim of this study was to determine if the coronary venous anatomy could be depicted as part of a comprehensive CMR protocol and using a standard extracellular contrast agent.

METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-one 3D whole heart CMR studies, performed after intravenous administration of 0.05 mmol/kg gadolinium DTPA, were reviewed. The cardiac venous system was visualized in all patients. The lateral vein of the left ventricle was present in 74%, the anterior interventricular vein in 65%, and the posterior interventricular vein in 74% of patients. The mean maximum distance of demonstrable cardiac vein on the 3D images was 81.5 mm and was dependent on the quality of the 3D data set. Five patients showed evidence of myocardial infarction on late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) images.

CONCLUSION Coronary venous anatomy can be reliably demonstrated using a comprehensive CMR protocol and a standard extracellular contrast agent. The combination of coronary venous imaging, assessment of ventricular function and LGE may be useful in the management of patients with LV dysfunction being considered for CRT.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2009 Younger et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Medicine (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics (LIGHT) > Academic Unit of Cardiovascular Medicine (Leeds)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 11:11
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 01:21
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1532-429X-11-26
Status: Published
Publisher: Biomed Central
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1186/1532-429X-11-26
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10801

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