Measuring left ventricular ejection fraction-techniques and potential pitfalls

Thomas A. Foley, Sunil V. Mankad, Nandan S. Anavekar, Crystal R. Bonnichsen, Michael F. Morris, Todd D. Miller, Philip A Araoz

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Abstract

Prognosis and therapeutic decisions are often based on left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), which means the LVEF needs to be accurately measured. Many imaging modalities can measure LVEF. Each of these modalities is subject to measurement errors that can lead to the inaccurate calculation of LVEF. This article reviews the most common non-invasive imaging modalities - i.e., echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), radionuclide angiography, gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and gated myocardial perfusion positron emission tomography (PET) - used to measure LVEF, as well as the common sources of error with each of them. It is important to understand these sources of errors in order to prevent them, and recognise them when they do occur so that they can be corrected if possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-114
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Cardiology
Volume8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012

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Keywords

  • Computed tomography
  • Echocardiography
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Multiple-gated acquisition
  • Radionuclide angiography
  • Single-photon emission computed tomography

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Foley, T. A., Mankad, S. V., Anavekar, N. S., Bonnichsen, C. R., Morris, M. F., Miller, T. D., & Araoz, P. A. (2012). Measuring left ventricular ejection fraction-techniques and potential pitfalls. European Cardiology, 8(2), 108-114.

Measuring left ventricular ejection fraction-techniques and potential pitfalls. / Foley, Thomas A.; Mankad, Sunil V.; Anavekar, Nandan S.; Bonnichsen, Crystal R.; Morris, Michael F.; Miller, Todd D.; Araoz, Philip A.

In: European Cardiology, Vol. 8, No. 2, 06.2012, p. 108-114.

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Foley, TA, Mankad, SV, Anavekar, NS, Bonnichsen, CR, Morris, MF, Miller, TD & Araoz, PA 2012, 'Measuring left ventricular ejection fraction-techniques and potential pitfalls', European Cardiology, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 108-114.
Foley TA, Mankad SV, Anavekar NS, Bonnichsen CR, Morris MF, Miller TD et al. Measuring left ventricular ejection fraction-techniques and potential pitfalls. European Cardiology. 2012 Jun;8(2):108-114.
Foley, Thomas A. ; Mankad, Sunil V. ; Anavekar, Nandan S. ; Bonnichsen, Crystal R. ; Morris, Michael F. ; Miller, Todd D. ; Araoz, Philip A. / Measuring left ventricular ejection fraction-techniques and potential pitfalls. In: European Cardiology. 2012 ; Vol. 8, No. 2. pp. 108-114.
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