Doppler echocardiographic assessment of aortic regurgitation: uses and limitations

Cleve Clin J Med. 1992 Jul-Aug;59(4):359-68. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.59.4.359.


Completely satisfactory standards for assessing the severity of aortic regurgitation have not yet been formulated. Invasive and noninvasive methodologies have inherent limitations that prevent any single procedure being considered as a gold standard. Nevertheless, Doppler echocardiography, using the full range of imaging modalities, including pulsed-wave and continuous-wave Doppler and Doppler color-flow mapping, may detect and semiquantify the severity of aortic regurgitation with a high degree of accuracy. This article describes the application, methodology, and limitations of the Doppler indices currently used to assess aortic regurgitation.

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency / diagnosis*
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency / physiopathology
  • Echocardiography, Doppler / methods*
  • Humans