Journal article

Optimisation of strain rate imaging for application to stress echocardiography

L Hanekom, V Lundberg, R Leano, TH Marwick

ULTRASOUND IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2004

Abstract

We sought to improve the feasibility of strain rate imaging (SRI) during dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) in 56 subjects at low risk of coronary disease. The impact of several SRI changes during acquisition were studied, including: (1) changing from fundamental to harmonic imaging; (2) parallel beamforming; (3) alteration of spatial resolution and (4) narrow sector acquisition. We assessed SR signal quality, a quantitative measure of signal noise and measurements of SRI. Of 1462 segments evaluated, 6% were uninterpretable at rest and 8% at peak stress. Signal quality was optimised by increasing temporal (p = 0.01) and spatial resolution (p < 0.0001 vs. baseline imaging) at rest and p..

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