Improved left ventricular mass quantification with partial voxel interpolation in vivo and necropsy validation of a novel cardiac MRI segmentation algorithm

Noel C.F. Codella, Hae Yeoun Lee, David S. Fieno, Debbie W. Chen, Sandra Hurtado-Rua, Minisha Kochar, John Paul Finn, Robert Judd, Parag Goyal, Jesse Schenendorf, Matthew D. Cham, Richard B. Devereux, Martin Prince, Yi Wang, Jonathan W. Weinsaft

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Background-Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) typically quantifies LV mass (LVM) by means of manual planimetry (MP), but this approach is time-consuming and does not account for partial voxel components- myocardium admixed with blood in a single voxel. Automated segmentation (AS) can account for partial voxels, but this has not been used for LVM quantification. This study used automated CMR segmentation to test the influence of partial voxels on quantification of LVM. Methods and Results-LVM was quantified by AS and MP in 126 consecutive patients and 10 laboratory animals undergoing CMR. AS yielded both partial voxel (ASPV) and full voxel (AS FV) measurements. Methods were independently compared with LVM quantified on echocardiography (echo) and an ex vivo standard of LVM at necropsy. AS quantified LVM in all patients, yielding a 12-fold decrease in processing time versus MP (0:21±0:04 versus 4:18±1:02 minutes; P<0.001). AS FV mass (136±35 g) was slightly lower than MP (139±35; δ=3±9 g, P<0.001). Both methods yielded similar proportions of patients with LV remodeling (P=0.73) and hypertrophy (P=1.00). Regarding partial voxel segmentation, ASPV yielded higher LVM (159±38 g) than MP (δ=20±10 g) and AS FV (δ=23±6 g, both P<0.001), corresponding to relative increases of 14% and 17%. In multivariable analysis, magnitude of difference between ASPV and AS FV correlated with larger voxel size (partial r=0.37, P<0.001) even after controlling for LV chamber volume (r=0.28, P=0.002) and total LVM (r=0.19, P=0.03). Among patients, ASPV yielded better agreement with echo (δ=20±25 g) than did AS FV (δ=43±24 g) or MP (δ=40±22 g, both P<0.001). Among laboratory animals, ASPV and ex vivo results were similar (δ=1±3 g, P=0.3), whereas AS FV (6±3 g, P<0.001) and MP (4±5 g, P=0.02) yielded small but significant differences with LVM at necropsy. Conclusions-Automated segmentation of myocardial partial voxels yields a 14-17% increase in LVM versus full voxel segmentation, with increased differences correlated with lower spatial resolution. Partial voxel segmentation yields improved CMR agreement with echo and necropsy-verified LVM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-146
Number of pages10
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiovascular magnetic resonance
  • Echocardiography
  • Left ventricular mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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