Cardiac MRI offers better predictions for stable patients with coronary artery disease

A study published May 7 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging demonstrates that cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging improves predictions of major adverse cardiac events in patients who show symptoms for coronary artery disease (CAD), according to an article published May 9 by Cardiovascular Business. 

Eva Sammut, MD, PhD, from King’s College London, and colleagues analyzed imaging results from 395 patients with suspected CAD, according to Cardiovascular Business.  

After comparing qualitative and quantitative CMR to a prognostic formula based on their ability to predict the two-year incidence of major adverse cardiac events, Sammut and colleagues found that both forms of CMR performed better in predicting major adverse cardiac events than the baseline formula.  

“It was a significant finding that the semi-automated quantitative analysis performed similarly, if not slightly better, than visual assessment performed by expert readers,” Sammut and colleagues wrote. “This is of increasing relevance because recent technical advances in image reconstruction and analysis techniques are likely to permit robust full automation of quantitative analysis in the coming years. The findings of this study have important implications for facilitating more widespread adoption of stress perfusion CMR by less experienced readers and allowing the prognostic value of perfusion quantification to be realized.” 

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