Recommendations for chamber quantification

Roberto M. Lang, Michelle Bierig, Richard B. Devereux, Frank A. Flachskampf, Elyse Foster, Patricia A. Pellikka, Michael H. Picard, Mary J. Roman, James Seward, Jack Shanewise, Scott Solomon, Kirk T. Spencer, Martin St. John Sutton, William Stewart

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Abstract

Quantification of cardiac chamber size, ventricular mass and function ranks among the most clinically important and most frequently requested tasks of echocardiography. Over the last decades, echocardiographic methods and techniques have improved and expanded dramatically, due to the introduction of higher frequency transducers, harmonic imaging, fully digital machines, left-sided contrast agents, and other technological advancements. Furthermore, echocardiography due to its portability and versatility is now used in emergency rooms, operating rooms, and intensive care units. Standardization of measurements in echocardiography has been inconsistent and less successful, compared to other imaging techniques and consequently, echocardiographic measurements are sometimes perceived as less reliable. Therefore, the American Society of Echocardiography, working together with the European Association of Echocardiography, a branch of the European Society of Cardiology, has critically reviewed the literature and updated the recommendations for quantifying cardiac chambers using echocardiography. This document reviews the technical aspects on how to perform quantitative chamber measurements of morphology and function, which is a component of every complete echocardiographic examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-108
Number of pages30
JournalEuropean Journal of Echocardiography
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2006

Keywords

  • Linear dimensions
  • Measurements
  • Quantification
  • Standards
  • Volumes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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