Purpose: To assess the agreement between three methods of calculation of mean aortic wall thickness (MAWT) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Materials and Methods: High-resolution MRI of the infrarenal abdominal aorta was performed on 70 subjects with a history of coronary artery disease who were part of a multiethnic population-based sample. MAWTwas calculated as the mean distance between the adventitial and luminal aortic boundaries using three different methods: average distance at four standard positions (AWT-4P), average distance at 100 automated positions (AWT-100P), and using a mathematical computation derived from the total vessel and luminal areas (AWT-VA). Bland-Altman plots and Pass-ing-Bablok regression analyses were used to assess agreement between methods. Results: Bland-Altman analyses demonstrated a positive bias of 3.02 ± 7.31% between the AWT-VA and the AWT-4P methods, and of 1.76 ± 6.82% between the AWT-100P and the AWT-4P methods. Passing-Bablok regression analyses demonstrated constant bias between the AWT-4P method and the other two methods. Proportional bias was, however, not evident among the three methods. Conclusion: MRI methods of measurement of MAWT using a limited number of positions of the aortic wall systematically underestimate the MAWT value compared with the method that calculates MAWT from the vessel areas.
- Cardiovascular MRI
- Wall thickness
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging