The utility of transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiography in patients with aortic dissection was assessed by retrospective analysis in 67 patients: 31 patients with DeBakey type I, 21 patients with type 11, 10 patients with type III, and five patients with false-positive diagnoses. Aortic dissection was correctly identified by two-dimensional echocardiography in 49 patients; 13 had false-negative diagnoses. Therefore the sensitivity was 79%, and the positive predictive accuracy was 91%. Transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiography is a reasonable screening technique for diagnosis of aortic dissection.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography|
|State||Published - 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine