Speckle-tracking echocardiography: A new technique for assessing myocardial function

Sergio Mondillo, Maurizio Galderisi, Donato Mele, Matteo Cameli, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Valerio Zacà, Piercarlo Ballo, Antonello D'Andrea, Denisa Muraru, Mariangela Losi, Eustachio Agricola, Arcangelo D'Errico, Simona Buralli, Susanna Sciomer, Stefano Nistri, Luigi Badano

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Speckle-tracking echocardiography has recently emerged as a quantitative ultrasound technique for accurately evaluating myocardial function by analyzing the motion of speckles identified on routine 2-dimensional sonograms. It provides non-Doppler, angle-independent, and objective quantification of myocardial deformation and left ventricular systolic and diastolic dynamics. By tracking the displacement of the speckles during the cardiac cycle, strain and the strain rate can be rapidly measured of fline after adequate image acquisition. Data regarding the feasibility, accuracy, and clinical applications of speckle-tracking echocardiography are rapidly accumulating. This review describes the fundamental concepts of speckle-tracking echocardiography, illustrates how to obtain strain measurements using this technique, and discusses their recognized and developing clinical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-83
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011


  • Cardiac function
  • Echocardiography
  • Speckle tracking
  • Strain
  • Torsion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Medicine(all)


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