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Effect of angular error on tissue Doppler velocities and strain
2003 (English)In: Echocardiography, ISSN 0742-2822, E-ISSN 1540-8175, Vol. 20, no 7, 581-587 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the major criticisms of ultrasound Doppler is its angle dependency, that is its ability to measure velocity components directly to or from the transducer only. The present article aims to investigate the impact of this angular error in a clinical setting. Apical two- and four-chamber views were recorded in 43 individuals, and the myocardium was marked by hand in each image. We assume that the main direction of the myocardial velocities is longitudinal and correct for the angular error by backprojecting measured velocities onto the longitudinal direction drawn. Strain was calculated from both corrected and uncorrected velocities in 12 segments for each individual. The results indicate that the difference between strain values calculated from corrected and uncorrected velocities is insignificant in 5 segments and within a decimal range in 11 segments. The biggest difference between measured and corrected strain values was found in the apical segments. Strain is also found to be more robust against angular error than velocities because the difference between corrected and uncorrected values is smaller for strain. Considering that there are multiple sources of noise in ultrasound Doppler measurements, the authors conclude that the angular error has so little impact on longitudinal strain that correction for this error can safely be omitted.

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2003. Vol. 20, no 7, 581-587 p.
Keyword [en]
strain, left ventricular function, angular error, tissue Doppler, regional myocardial deformation, human left-ventricle, systolic strain
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-22905ISI: 000186099900001OAI: diva2:341603
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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