Left ventricular volume determination by 3-D echocardiographic volume imaging and biplane angiography

R. Pini, G. Giannazzo, M. Di Bari, F. Innocenti, N. Marchionni, A. Gori, R. B. Devereux

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Objectives. This study was undertaken to compare, in vitro, the accuracy of 3-D echocardiographic imaging to contrast ventriculography for the estimation of left ventricular volumes. Background. Compared to angiography and 2-D echocardiography, 3-D echocardiography avoids use of geometric assumptions and may improve evaluation of chamber size and shape of irregular cavities. We previously demonstrated that our 3-D echocardiographic system accurately estimated the volume of variably shaped balloons. Methods. Left ventricular cast volumes from 6 excised formalin fixed sheep hearts filled with a solution of agarose and angiographic contrast agent were measured by water displacement. From the 3-D echocardiographic reconstructions, adjacent short axis slices were derived and the endocardial borders were manually traced; the volumes of individual slices of each ventricle were summed as the cavity volume. Angiographic left ventricular volumes were calculated by Chapman's method from 30°right anterior oblique and 60°left anterior oblique projections. Results. Left ventricular volumes from 3-D echocardiographic reconstructions agreed well with actual volumes, without significant over and underestimation. Left ventricular biplane angiography modestly but systematically underestimated actual volumes. Conclusions. 3-D echocardiographic volume imaging combines excellent measurements of left ventricular volumes from computed reconstruction of tomographic slices with the full spatial resolution of the original 2-D images. In this in vitro model, 3-D echocardiography was more accurate than angiography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Noninvasive Cardiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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