Arterial and venous pulmonary vascular morphology and their relationship to findings in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in smokers

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  • Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. Objective: Prior work has described the relationship between pulmonary vascular pruning on computed tomography (CT) scans and metrics of rightsided heart dysfunction in smokers. In this analysis, we sought to look at pruning on a lobar level, as well as examine the effect of the arterial and venous circulation on this association. Methods: Automated vessel segmentation applied to noncontrast CT scans from the COPDGene Study in 24 subjects with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging scans was used to create a blood volume distribution profile. These vessels were then manually tracked to their origin and characterized as artery or vein. Results: Assessment of pruning on a lobar level revealed associations between pruning and right ventricular function previously not observed on a global level. The right ventricular mass index, the right ventricular endsystolic volume index, and pulmonary arterial-to-aorta ratio were associated with both arterial and venous pruning, whereas right ventricular ejection fraction was associated with only arterial pruning. Conclusions: Lobar assessment and segmentation of the parenchymal vasculature into arterial and venous components provide additional information about the relationship between loss of vasculature on CT scans and right ventricular dysfunction.
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  • Rahaghi FN; Wells JM; Come CE; De La Bruere IA; Bhatt SP; Ross JC; Vegas-Sánchez-Ferrero G; Diaz AA; Minhas J; Dransfield MT
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  • 948
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  • 952
  • Volume

  • 40
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  • 6