Assessment of myocardial regional strain and strain rate by tissue tracking in B-mode echocardiograms

Ultrasound Med Biol. 2006 Aug;32(8):1181-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2006.05.005.


To date, established ultrasonic methods for myocardial regional deformation recovery are based on the Doppler effect, which has inherent limitations restricting its accuracy and use. The reported time domain methods show in vivo insufficient accuracy. A novel approach is elaborated mimicking the human observer who reaches robust diagnosis upon the B-mode data. In a region-of-interest (ROI), acoustic markers stable for tracking are selected. A weighting index presenting the quality of tracking of each marker is used for spatial polynomial fitting. For the feasibility study, a simple straight ROI was selected, which matches the septum. A thorough proof of concept is provided by comparing with a gold standard method and by applying the method to clinical datasets. The peak systolic longitudinal strains of 12 normals were -15% + -2.3% and, of 12 patients with a light-to-mild dysfunction of the apical-septal segment, they were -9% + -0.8% (p < 0.05). Enhancements of the method using spline fitting are introduced.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Echocardiography*
  • Heart Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Heart Diseases / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Models, Cardiovascular*
  • Myocardial Contraction*
  • Rheology
  • Stress, Mechanical