Studio dei flussi intracardiaci mediante ecocardiografia bidimensionale e doppler a codice di colori in tempo reale. Prime esperienze.

Translated title of the contribution: Study of the intracardiac flow by real-time bidimensional color-coded Doppler echocardiography. Preliminary experience

G. L. Nicolosi, D. Pavan, C. Burelli, V. Dall'Aglio, C. Lestuzzi, F. Zardo, D. Zanuttini

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The new technique of real-time two-dimensional color Doppler echocardiography has been recently developed to allow visualization of the blood flow inside the cardiac chambers. The blood flow informations are color coded and displayed in real-time into the two-dimensional echocardiographic images of the cardiac structures. The flow informations which are given are velocity, direction and variance, calculated from the Doppler signals obtained from all the sample points. Flow directed toward the transducer is coded in red; flow away from the transducer is coded in blue, while the echoes from the cardiac structures are imaged in gray scale. The magnitude of the velocity of flow is represented by the brightness of the color, with an 8-steps scale of brightness, beginning from the lowest grade, which is not colored on the screen. To represent the velocity spectrum variance, green is added to each color in proportion to the extent of turbulence. We report our preliminary experience with this technique in 91 subjects by using an Aloka SSD 880 commercial equipment (age range 18 days-82 years): 5 were normal, 15 had cardiomyopathy, 21 had congenital, 40 valvular, 6 ischemic and 4 other forms of heart disease. Color display of intracavitary flow allowed to identify normal and abnormal patterns. Valvular regurgitation and abnormal intracavitary shunts were easy to identify, suggesting the possibility of a semiquantitative assessment of the lesions. The possibility of a quantitative approach should be further investigated in the future.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Translated title of the contributionStudy of the intracardiac flow by real-time bidimensional color-coded Doppler echocardiography. Preliminary experience
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalGiornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1986

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Nicolosi, G. L., Pavan, D., Burelli, C., Dall'Aglio, V., Lestuzzi, C., Zardo, F., & Zanuttini, D. (1986). Studio dei flussi intracardiaci mediante ecocardiografia bidimensionale e doppler a codice di colori in tempo reale. Prime esperienze. Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia, 16(1), 38-44.