Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction and Volume Calculations Using Three-Dimensional Echocardiography

  • Author / Creator
    Wood, Peter William
  • In a review encompassing 18 single- and multi-centre studies comparing echocardiography with magnetic resonance imaging, it was determined that three-dimensional echocardiography has greatly improved the calculation of left ventricular (LV) volumes. However, there is still a systematic underestimation of volume measurements, and experimental studies have yet to be performed. This project sought to assess the accuracy of current semi-automatic contour finding algorithms using an anatomically correct dynamic heart phantom. The contour algorithm resulted in an underestimation of up to 31% of the true volume. With manual correction this reduced to 21%. None of the semi-automatic contours followed completely the true ventricular border. The manual method of discs (MOD) technique was proposed as a method which may improve accuracy in patients with asymmetric ventricles; the largest difference was 9% of the true volume. Therefore, while currently available LV contouring algorithms further underestimate volumes in asymmetrical chambers, MOD is an accurate alternative.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2014
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Experimental Medicine
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Becher, Harald (Medicine)
    • Haennell, Rober (Rehabilitation Medicine)
    • Raggi, Paolo (Medicine)
    • Choy, Jonathan (Medicine)