Dyssynchrony Evaluation: MRI and CCT

Albert Lardo, Kenneth Bilchick, Eliot McVeigh

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Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has been shown to improve outcomes in clinical trials for appropriate selected patients with heart failure; however, there is still a signifi cant nonresponse rate when the electrocardiographic QRS duration is used to identify mechanical dyssynchrony. From a physiological standpoint, the appropriate cardiac substrate for CRT is most appropriately identifi ed by assessment of mechanical dyssynchrony and myocardial scar burden, but QRS duration has poor sensitivity and specifi city in this regard. For this reason, cardiac imaging has been evaluated in order to improve CRT candidate selection, but results using echocardiography have been disappointing. In contrast, clinical studies show great promise for CMR in this regard. As the gold standard for assessment of cardiac scar and strain, cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) offers clear advantages over other imaging modalities for assessment of the cardiac substrate for resynchronization. In particular, CMR is regarded as the best imaging modality for assessment of circumferential strain, which corresponds to the primary orientation of cardiac myofi bers. This chapter reviews important principles of CMR dyssynchrony and scar imaging, then discusses in detail clinical and technical aspects of myocardial tissue tagging, displacement encoding with stimulated echoes (DENSE), strain-encoded MR (SENC), velocity-encoded MR, and contour tracking methods. The role of CMR in patients with pacemakers and defi brillators is also discussed. The potential role of cardiac CT (CCT) for dyssynchrony evaluation is also discussed. Cardiac CT provides excellent assessment of coronary venous anatomy, while methods for assessment of dyssynchrony and scar based on CCT are being developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCardiac Imaging in Electrophysiology
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781848824867
ISBN (Print)9781848824850
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Cardiac dyssynchrony evaluation
  • CCT in dyssynchrony evaluation
  • Dyssynchrony evaluation
  • Evaluation
  • MRI in dyssynchrony

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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