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Non-invasive left ventricular volume determination by two-dimensional echocardiography.
  1. J Gehrke,
  2. S Leeman,
  3. M Raphael,
  4. R B Pridie


    Twenty patients undergoing routine left ventricular single-plane angiography have been investigated by an ultrasonic triggered B-scan technique to provide a two-dimensional cross-sectional image of the left ventricle in end-systole end-diastole. An area-length method has been used to establish the correlation between the angiographic and the echocardiographic assessments of left ventricular chamber volume (r equals 0.88) and ejection fraction (r equals 0.81). Differences between the two techniques are discussed, and it is concluded that in approximately 80 per cent of patients triggered B-scanning may provide a safe, non-invasive, and convenient technique for the determination of volumes and certain functional parameters, especially in patients with dilated hearts and irregular left ventricular shape, where M-scanning is known to be less reliable.

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