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Heart 93:672-675 doi:10.1136/hrt.2006.101220
  • Original research

Real-time three-dimensional dobutamine stress echocardiography for coronary artery disease diagnosis: validation with coronary angiography

  1. Constadina Aggeli,
  2. Georgios Giannopoulos,
  3. Platon Misovoulos,
  4. George Roussakis,
  5. Euaggelia Christoforatou,
  6. Christos Kokkinakis,
  7. Stela Brili,
  8. Christodoulos Stefanadis
  1. The 1st Cardiology Department, University of Athens School of Medicine, Hippokration Hospital, Athens, Greece
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr C Aggeli
    47, 1st Cardiology Department, School of Medicine, Georgiou Papandreou, Zografou, 15773, Athens, Greece; caggeli{at}hol.gr
  • Accepted 26 September 2006
  • Published Online First 3 November 2006

Abstract

Objective: To compare real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) with two-dimensional dobutamine stress echocardiography (2DE) for the detection of myocardial ischaemia, with angiographic validation of the results.

Methods: 56 patients (mean (SD) age 64.5 (6.2) years, 38 males), referred for coronary angiography, were examined by 2DE and RT3DE during the same dobutamine stress protocol.

Results: All 56 patients completed the stress protocol uneventfully. The mean (SD) acquisition time for the necessary views to evaluate all segments was 26.3 (2.5) s for RT3DE and 58.8 (3.7) s for 2DE (p<0.001). At peak stress, RT3DE had a higher wall-motion score index (1.25 (0.24) by 2DE, 1.30 (0.27) by RT3DE; p = 0.014). The regional wall-motion score for the four apical segments at peak stress was compared; it was 1.35 (0.55) by 2DE and 1.52 (0.69) by RT3DE (p = 0.003). The diagnostic parameters of 2DE versus RT3DE were: sensitivity 73% vs 78%, specificity 93% vs 89% and overall accuracy 86% vs 85%, respectively. In the left anterior descending artery territory, in particular, where RT3DE had higher regional wall-motion scores, it showed a tendency towards higher sensitivity (85% vs 78%), although this difference did not achieve statistical significance.

Conclusion: RT3DE identifies wall-motion abnormalities more readily in the apical region than 2DE, which may explain the tendency towards higher sensitivity in the left anterior descending artery territory. RT3DE results were validated using angiography as reference and findings indicate diagnostic equivalence to 2DE, with the advantage of considerable shorter acquisition times.

Footnotes

  • Published Online First 3 November 2006

  • Competing interests: None declared.