Constrictive pericarditis: assessement of diastolic function by velocity encoded flow measurements and by assessement of septal motion
Bauner K, Schoenberg S, Michaely H, Huber A, Reiser M
University of Munich-Grosshadern Hospitals
In addition to morphological assessment transmitral and transtricuspid velocity encoded flow measurements and evaluation of septal motion were perfomed to analyze diastolic function in constrictive pericarditis. 23 patients with constrictive pericarditis were examined with MRI. 10 healthy subjects served as controls. The amplitude of E and A wave and the ratio of the amplitudes of the E and A-Wave were calculated. To evaluate septal flattening, septal motion was assessed on short-axis cine MR images and the ratio between the largest and shortest diameter of the left ventricle was calculated to express septal flattening.