Myocardial Delayed Enhancement CT for the Evaluation of Heart Failure: Comparison to MRI

Purpose To assess the diagnostic performance of dual-energy CT with myocardial delayed enhancement (MDE) in the detection and classification of myocardial scar in patients with heart failure, with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) MRI as the standard of reference. Materials and Methods MDE CT and LGE MRI were performed in 44 patients with heart failure (30 men; mean patient age, 66 years ± 14) between 2013 and 2016, and images were retrospectively analyzed. The presence and patterns of MDE on iodine-density and virtual monochromatic (VM) images were assessed by two independent readers. Contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and percentage signal intensity increase relative to normal myocardium were measured. Diagnostic performance and area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for MDE CT and kappa values for reader agreement were determined. Results Thirty-five of the 44 patients (80%) demonstrated a focal area of LGE, with a nonischemic pattern in 22 of the 44 patients (50%) and an ischemic pattern in 13 (30%). Iodine-density images demonstrated the highest CNR and percentage signal intensity increase on CT images (P < .05), resulting in the highest diagnostic performance in the detection of any MDE CT abnormality (92% sensitivity [195 of 213 segments] and 98% specificity [481 of 491 segments]). The areas under the receiver operating characteristic curve for iodine-density images and 40-keV VM images in the detection of MDE were 0.97 and 0.95, respectively (P < .001). Kappa values for reader agreement were 0.82 for iodine-density images and 0.72 for 40-keV VM images. Conclusion Myocardial delayed enhancement CT enables accurate detection and localization of scar in patients with heart failure when compared with late gadolinium enhancement MRI, the reference standard. 

PMID: 29989514

Posted in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

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