Automated Assessment of Left Ventricular Function and Mass Using Heart Deformation Analysis: Initial Experience in 160 Older Adults

Kai Lin*, Jeremy D. Collins, Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, Marie Pierre Jolly, Debiao Li, Michael Markl, James C. Carr

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Rationale and Objectives: To assess the performance of automated quantification of left ventricular function and mass based on heart deformation analysis (HDA) in asymptomatic older adults. Materials and Methods: This study complied with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations. Following the approval of the institutional review board, 160 asymptomatic older participants were recruited for cardiac magnetic resonance imaging including two-dimensional cine images covering the entire left ventricle in short-axis view. Data analysis included the calculation of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricular mass (LVM), and cardiac output (CO) using HDA and standard global cardiac function analysis (delineation of end-systolic and end-diastolic left ventricle epi- and endocardial borders). The agreement between methods was evaluated using intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and coefficient of variation (CoV). Results: HDA had a shorter processing time than the standard method (1.5 ± 0.3 min/case vs. 5.8 ± 1.4 min/case, P < 0.001). There was good agreement for LVEF (ICC = 0.552, CoV = 10.5%), CO (ICC = 0.773, CoV = 13.5%), and LVM (ICC = 0.859, CoV = 14.5%) acquired with the standard method and HDA. There was a systemic bias toward lower LVEF (62.8% ± 8.3% vs. 69.3% ± 6.7%, P < 0.001) and CO (4.4 ± 1.0 L/min vs. 4.8 ± 1.3 L/min, P < 0.001) by HDA compared to the standard technique. Conversely, HDA overestimated LVM (114.8 ± 30.1 g vs. 100.2 ± 29.0 g, P < 0.001) as compared to the reference method. Conclusions: HDA has the potential to measure LVEF, CO, and LVM without the need for user interaction based on standard cardiac two-dimensional cine images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-325
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Heart deformation analysis
  • Left ventricular function
  • MRI
  • Mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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