Right ventricular dysplasia is a new entity of unknown origin in the classification of cardiomyopathies. Also known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) or arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, it is a disease of the heart muscle characterised by fibro-adipose atrophy mainly involving the right ventricle and responsible for severe ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death also in young people. Magnetic resonance imaging provides evidence of ventricular dilatation at the outflow tract, thinning and thickening of the wall, diastolic bulging areas (especially located at the level of the right ventricle outflow tract) and fatty substitution of the myocardium mainly at the level of the right ventricle. Many radiologists erroneously consider the previously described fatty substitution as the main sign of ARVC, even though an evaluation of fat substitution alone may be a source of error for two reasons: firstly, because isolated areas of fatty replacement are not synonymous with ARVC since small non-transmural focal fatty areas of fat are also present in the normal patients; and secondly, because the MRI detection of fat may be overestimated due to partial-volume artefacts with normal subepicardial fat. Cardiac MRI can also be employed for the diagnosis of idiopathic right ventricular outflow tract tachycardia. Considering the evolutive nature of the disease, the non-invasiveness of MRI allows the follow-up of these patients and may be considered an excellent screening modality for the diagnosis of ARVC in family members. Finally, MRI can be employed in electrophysiological studies to locate the arrhythmogenic focus and reduce sampling errors.

MRI assessment of right ventricular dysplasia

DI CESARE, Ernesto
2003

Abstract

Right ventricular dysplasia is a new entity of unknown origin in the classification of cardiomyopathies. Also known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) or arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, it is a disease of the heart muscle characterised by fibro-adipose atrophy mainly involving the right ventricle and responsible for severe ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death also in young people. Magnetic resonance imaging provides evidence of ventricular dilatation at the outflow tract, thinning and thickening of the wall, diastolic bulging areas (especially located at the level of the right ventricle outflow tract) and fatty substitution of the myocardium mainly at the level of the right ventricle. Many radiologists erroneously consider the previously described fatty substitution as the main sign of ARVC, even though an evaluation of fat substitution alone may be a source of error for two reasons: firstly, because isolated areas of fatty replacement are not synonymous with ARVC since small non-transmural focal fatty areas of fat are also present in the normal patients; and secondly, because the MRI detection of fat may be overestimated due to partial-volume artefacts with normal subepicardial fat. Cardiac MRI can also be employed for the diagnosis of idiopathic right ventricular outflow tract tachycardia. Considering the evolutive nature of the disease, the non-invasiveness of MRI allows the follow-up of these patients and may be considered an excellent screening modality for the diagnosis of ARVC in family members. Finally, MRI can be employed in electrophysiological studies to locate the arrhythmogenic focus and reduce sampling errors.
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