Heart deformation analysis: the distribution of regional myocardial motion patterns at left ventricle

  • Kai Lin
  • Leng Meng
  • Jeremy D. Collins
  • Varun Chowdhary
  • Michael Markl
  • James C. Carr
Original Paper


The aim of the present study was to test the hypothesis that heart deformation analysis (HDA) is able to discriminate regional myocardial motion patterns on the left ventricle (LV). Totally 21 healthy volunteers (15 men and 6 women) without documented cardiovascular diseases were recruited. Cine MRI was performed on those subjects at four-chamber, two-chamber, and short-axis views. The variations of segmental myocardial motion indices of the LV, which were measured with the HDA tool, were investigated. Regional displacement, velocity, strain and strain rate were compared between lateral wall and septal wall using t tests. There are significant variations (CoV = 18.0–72.4%) of myocardial motion indices (average over 21 subjects) among 16 myocardial segments. There are significant differences (p < 0.05) between displacement, velocity, strain and strain rate measured at lateral and septal areas of the LV. In conclusion, HDA is able to present different regional LV motion patterns from multiple aspects in healthy volunteers.


Heart deformation analysis MRI Myocardial motion pattern Variations 



Heart deformation analysis


Magnetic resonance imaging


Left ventricle ejection fraction


Radial displacement


Circumferential displacement


Radial velocity


Circumferential velocity


Radial strain


Circumferential strain


Shear strain


Radial strain rate


Circumferential strain rate



This study is supported by grants from the National Institute of Health (R01HL117888 and K01HL121162).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest


Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. The IRM approved this study.

Informed consent

Written informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Anzhen HospitalCapital Medical UniversityBeijingChina

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