The effects of display and imaging parameters on the measured size of the signal void representing valvular regurgitation on cine MR imaging were examined. Sixteen patients with valvular regurgitation were studied. Six cine acquisition modes were evaluated in five patients. Echo times (TEs) (8, 12, and 17 msec) and flip angles (30 degrees and 50 degrees) were varied. The variable display parameters were [Z x (blood pool signal intensity - lung signal intensity)] at window width (Z = 0.75, 1.00, 1.25) and (Y x window width + lung signal intensity) at window level (Y = 0.00, 0.25, 0.50). The area of the signal void was significantly (p less than .01) affected by the window level (2.7 +/- 0.8 cm2 at Y = 0.00, 4.4 +/- 1.1 cm2 at Y = 0.25, and 5.6 +/- 1.4 cm2 at Y = 0.50) and window width (3.6 +/- 0.9 cm2 at Z = 0.75 and 4.9 +/- 1.1 cm2 at Z = 1.25). With standardized display parameters, TE influenced the area (3.3 +/- 1.1 cm2 at 8 msec and 7.8 +/- 1.5 cm2 at 12 msec; p less than .01). Variations in the value of TE and display settings cause differences in the measured area of the regurgitant signal void. Quantification of valvular regurgitation by cine MR imaging requires strict standardization of display and imaging parameters.