Three-dimensional echocardiography: research toy or clinical tool?
D Spicer, TH Marwick
Heart Lung Circ | Published : 2000
Conventional 2D echocardiography is an excellent qualitative imaging method, but its use for quantitation is limited by test-retest reproducibility of image planes. The increasing sophistication of medical treatments for left ventricular dysfunction, hypertension and valvular heart disease has created the need for accurate and reproducible measurements of chamber dimensions. Similarly, improvements in valve repair and catheter-based interventions for valve lesions and septal defects have created the need for better visualisation of cardiac structures. The use of 31) echocardiography may decrease variability both in the quality and interpretation of complex pathology among investigators. Thre..View full abstract