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J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 1997 Nov-Dec;10(9):899-903.

Reproducibility of color Doppler flow quantification of aortic regurgitation.

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Department of Cardiopulmonary Surgery, University Hospital Rotterdam-Dijkzigt, The Netherlands.


The preferred method for quantification of aortic regurgitation severity with color Doppler echocardiography is the assessment of the ratio of jet diameter to left ventricular outflow tract diameter and jet area to left ventricular outflow tract area. However, the reproducibility of these measurements is not known and may limit its clinical application. This study was performed to identify sources of variability and reproducibility of the echocardiographic data. We examined 62 color Doppler echocardiographic examinations of patients showing isolated aortic regurgitation after human tissue valve implantation. The mean differences with standard deviations between paired measurements were calculated. The interobserver, intraobserver, and interframe variability showed a close agreement for the jet diameter and left ventricular outflow tract diameter measurements. The agreement for jet area and left ventricular outflow tract area measurements showed a small bias, but a large variance. The reproducibility of jet-left ventricular outflow tract diameter is better than the jet-left ventricular outflow tract area measurement and is more accurate to assess the severity of aortic regurgitation from color Doppler images.

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