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Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Olschewski, Horst, Prof. MD, Medical University of Graz Identifier:
First received: December 17, 2007
Last updated: May 27, 2014
Last verified: May 2014

The aim of the present study is to identify changes in the cardiovascular system in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI is accepted as golden standard method for the evaluation of left and right ventricular morphology and function.

All patients who showed elevated pulmonary pressure in the right heart catheter investigation are assigned to MRI. Parameters derived from MRI are included in the clinical and therapeutic decisions. Well established as well as new MRI parameters are evaluated and compared to the results of right heart catheter. Further age-matched controls without known cardiac or pulmonary disease are investigated by native MRI.

Pulmonary Hypertension
Ventricular Function
MR Phase Contrast Velocity Imaging
Late Enhancement Patterns

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension

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Further study details as provided by Medical University of Graz:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • right ventricular function [ Time Frame: at the MRI investigation ]
    right ventricular end-diastolic volume (EDV), right ventricular end-systolic volume (ESV), right ventricular stroke volume (SV), right ventricular ejection fraction (EF), right ventricular cardiac output (CO), right ventricular muscle mass (RVMM)

Enrollment: 240
Study Start Date: December 2006
Study Completion Date: December 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Patients with suspected, latent or manifest pulmonary hypertension
Controls without history of cardiac or pulmonary diseases

Detailed Description:

Patients with suspected, latent and manifest PH and controls are investigated by MRI according to the following protocol in breathhold or free breathing (depending on the patients' breath-hold abilities). In case of elevated Creatinin values, no contrast agent is applied.

  • Planning of cardiac views: Planning of 2-chamber view, short axes view and 4-chamber view.
  • Morphological overview: Transversal and coronal Haste images
  • Left and right heart functional and valve evaluation: Cine 2-chamber imaging, Multi-slice cine 4-chamber imaging, Cine Left and Right ventricular outflow tract imaging and Multi-slice cine short axes imaging covering the left and right ventricle for evaluation of EDV, ESV, SV, EF, CO and muscle mass.
  • Phase Contrast Imaging: Flow measurements in the aorta, the pulmonary artery and the heart.
  • Perfusion measurement.
  • Late enhancement measurement: Multi-slice short axes view, multi-slice 2-chamber view and multi-slice 4-chamber view.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Cardiac MR is recommended to all patients with suspected, latent and manifest PH who are investigated by right heat catheter in the Department of Pulmonology. Patients with pacemaker, agoraphobia or other standard MR contraindications are excluded from the study.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Controls without history of cardiac or pulmonary diseases
  • Patients with suspected PH
  • Patients with latent PH
  • Patients with manifest PH

Exclusion Criteria:

  • MRI exclusion criteria
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00575692

Medical Unitersity Graz, University Clinic of Internal Medicine, Department of Pulmonology
Graz, Stmk., Austria, 8036
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of Graz
Principal Investigator: Gabor Kovacs, MD Medical Unitersity Graz, University Clinic of Internal Medicine, Department of Pulmonology
Principal Investigator: Ursula Reiter, PhD Medical Unitersity Graz, University Clinic of Radiology, Department of General Radiological Diagnostics
Principal Investigator: Gert Reiter, PhD Siemens Medical Austria
Principal Investigator: HOrst Olschewski, M.D. Medical University of Graz
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Olschewski, Horst, Prof. MD, Univ.-Prof. Dr., Medical University of Graz Identifier: NCT00575692     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PH-06-CMR-01
Study First Received: December 17, 2007
Last Updated: May 27, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypertension, Pulmonary
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017