Regional myocardial blood flow: Quantitative assessment by computer analysis of contrast-enhanced echocardiographic images

Victor Mor-Avi, Daniel David, Yves Bitton, Solange Akselrod

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Abstract

Recent technical developments in the ultrasonic imaging of the heart are utilized to provide a method for quantitative evaluation of the regional myocardial perfusion. Devised is a theoretical approach based on indicator dilution principles linking the tissue blood flow with the time dependence of changes in regional ultrasonic intensity produced by microbubbles. A computer model based on theoretical considerations was constructed in order to achieve optimization of the steps of the analysis. Several preliminary animal experiments were carried out in order to find the optimal experimental set up for verification of the method in vivo. The experiments involved computer analysis of the echocardiographic images obtained following direct left atrial injection of the ultrasonic contrast material under different flow conditions, such as ischemia and reactive hyperemia. Both the computer study and the animal experiments have shown promising results. The approach promises to provide a basis for a convenient noninvasive quantitative measurement of myocardial tissue blood flow.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputers in Cardiology
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Pages237-240
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0818622253
StatePublished - May 1991
EventComputers in Cardiology - Proceedings - Chicago, IL, USA
Duration: 23 Sep 199026 Sep 1990

Publication series

NameComputers in Cardiology
ISSN (Print)0276-6574

Conference

ConferenceComputers in Cardiology - Proceedings
CityChicago, IL, USA
Period23/09/9026/09/90

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