The Contribution of Left Ventricular Muscle Bands to Left Ventricular Rotation: Assessment by a 2-Dimensional Speckle Tracking Method

Ling Hui, James Pemberton, Edward Hickey, Xiao Kui Li, Peter Lysyansky, Muhammad Ashraf, Petra S. Niemann, David J. Sahn

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Background: Torsion is an essential component of left ventricular (LV) function. Systolic rotation, as a component of torsion, winds the heart muscle up like a spring, setting up recoil for early diastole. We used a new 2-dimensional speckle tracking strain method to study differences in twisting in subendocardial and subepicardial layers of the LV in open-chest pigs. Our aim was to identify the relative contributions of the inner or outer layers of the LV wall to rotation and, hence, systole. Methods: A total of 23 juvenile pigs were imaged in the short axis, epicardially, to obtain images at a level just below the papillary muscles with high-frequency (14 MHz) ultrasound. Speckle tracking software using scanline files was used to measure the torsional contribution of septum, anterior, posterior, and inferior LV wall segments. Two zones on the septum were evaluated separately: one with apparent circumferential fiber orientation in the inner layer and one with a speckle pattern suggesting longitudinal fiber orientation on the right ventricular aspect of the septum. Pressure rate changes (dP/dt) during the cardiac cycle were measured as an index of LV function and correlated with the regional torsion. Results: Mean peak rotations measured by speckle tracking echocardiography at the apex showed counterclockwise rotation of LV septal wall (10.68 ± 2.67 degrees for the inner layer and 8.27 ± 1.73 degrees for the outer layer). The time difference for time to peak rotation was 213.22 ± 77.95 and 241.17 ± 54.67 milliseconds for inner and outer layers, respectively. Significant differences were shown between the inner and outer layer of the LV for both rotation (P = .000) and timing of rotation (P = .02). The dP/dt measurements correlated well with the inner rotation magnitude of the LV and with the difference of short-axis rotation between inner and outer layers of the LV wall. Conclusions: Inner and outer layers of the LV wall, especially at the septum, have different rotational behaviors. When used with very high-resolution imaging, this method could contribute to the understanding of functional contributions of the LV wall and their relative contribution to cardiac segmental twisting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)486-491
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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