Background: Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) is useful for assessing left ventricular (LV) volumes and function. Validation has mainly been carried out using Simpson's method of summing up consecutive short-axis areas. Because the latter method is time-consuming, many users prefer using a quicker method, based on a single view or a pair of views. Objectives: To evaluate the accuracy of the long-axis area-length method (AL), which has not been validated for MDCT, using Simpson's method as the gold standard, as well as right anterior oblique LV angiography as a clinical standard. Methods: Twenty-three patients admitted with acute chest pain were clinically evaluated with electrocardiogram-gated MDCT and invasive LV angiography. MDCT-based end-diastolic, end-systolic and stroke volumes, and ejection fraction (EF) were calculated using Simpson's method, biplane AL and single-plane AL. For LV angiography, EF was calculated using single-plane AL. Results: A Bland-Altman analysis showed a close agreement between biplane AL and Simpson's method for EF, with 1% underestimation, 95% CI of ±11% and a correlation of 0.89. For end-diastolic, end-systolic and stroke volumes, overestimations of 7 mL, 4 mL and 2 mL, and 95% CI of ±27 mL, ±15 mL and ±26 mL, respectively were found. Correlation coefficients were 0.95, 0.97 and 0.82, respectively. Comparisons with LV angiography were considerably weaker. The vertical long-axis AL method by MDCT correlated better with both LV angiography and Simpson's method than the horizontal long-axis AL method. Conclusions: The biplane AL method gives results for EF, which correspond closely with the more cumbersome Simpson's method, although volumes are slightly overestimated.
- Left ventricle
- Myocardial contraction
- Myocardial infarction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine