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Non-contrast Enhanced Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Diagnosis and Classification of Pulmonary Hypertension (CMR-PH)

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ursula Reiter, Medical University of Graz Identifier:
First received: November 3, 2012
Last updated: April 27, 2016
Last verified: April 2016

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a life-threatening cardiovascular disease characterized by pathological elevation of mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) >/= 25 mmHg at rest. mPAP < 20 mmHg is defined as normal, values in the range between 21-24 mmHg are described as "borderline PH" diagnosed by right heart catheterization. Based on the etiology, PH is assigned to 5 groups (WHO, Data Point, 2008), whereas classification of disease is an important prognostic and therapy-deciding criterion.

Cardiac magnetic resonance tomography (CMR) provides a reliable technique to estimate elevated mean pulmonary arterial pressure from period of existence of a vortical motion of blood flow in the main pulmonary artery. Vortex can be visualized in 3-dimensional vector field, particle trace and streamline representations and can be analysed with respect to vortex related measures (geometry of center, vortex formation, vorticity, propagation dynamics …). Furthermore T1-mapping and non-contrast enhanced lung perfusion/ventilation scans represent promising techniques for PH characterization.

Aim of this explorative study is to 1. analyse PH-associated blood flow characteristics in the heart and the surrounding great vessels with respect to the 5 groups of PH, and 2. investigate the hemodynamic state of "borderline PH" compared to normal mPAP and manifest PH by non-contrast CMR.

Condition Intervention
Pulmonary Hypertension
Elevated Mean Pulmonary Arterial Pressure
Normal Mean Pulmonary Arterial Pressure
Other: Cardiac MRI

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Non-contrast Enhanced Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Diagnosis and Classification of Pulmonary Hypertension

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Further study details as provided by Ursula Reiter, Medical University of Graz:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • blood flow patterns [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    fluid dynamical properties of blood flow patterns in the heart and surrounding great vessels associated with ethiology of PH

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • myocardial magnetic relaxation times [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    left and right ventricular myocardial T1 times associated with ethiology of PH

  • pulmonary ventilation and perfusion [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    pulmonary ventilation and perfusion associated with ethiology of PH

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: December 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
suspected PH
60 minute Cardiac MRI
Other: Cardiac MRI


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients with suspected or known PH scheduled for routine right-heart catheterization,
  • ability to give informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • General MR exclusion criteria eg. patients with metal devices or other magnetic material in or on the subjects body which will be hazardous for MR investigation (e.g. heart pace-maker, brain aneurysm clip, nerve stimulators, electrodes, penile implants, coloured contact lenses, patch to deliver medications through the skin, any metal implants as rods, joints, plates, pins, screws, nails or clips, embolization coil, or any metal fragments or shrapnel in the body),
  • patients with tendency toward claustrophobia,
  • hemodynamically unstable patients,
  • pregnancy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01725763

Medical Unitersity Graz, Department of Radiology, Division of General Radiology
Graz, Styria, Austria, 8036
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of Graz
Principal Investigator: Ursula Reiter, PhD Medical Unitersity Graz, Department of Radiology, Division of General Radiology
Principal Investigator: Michael Fuchsjäger, Prof. Dr. Medical Unitersity Graz, Department of Radiology, Division of General Radiology