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Assessment of right ventricular volumes and ejection fraction by echocardiography: from geometric approximations to realistic shapes

Abstract

Right ventricular volumes and ejection fraction are challenging to assess by echocardiography, but are well established as functional and prognostic parameters. Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography has become widespread and relatively easy to use, making calculation of these parameters feasible in the large majority of patients. We review past attempts to estimate right ventricular volumes, current strengths and weaknesses of 3D echocardiography for this task, and compare with corresponding data from magnetic resonance imaging.

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Ostenfel, E., Flachskampf, F.A. Assessment of right ventricular volumes and ejection fraction by echocardiography: from geometric approximations to realistic shapes. Echo Res Pract 2, R1–R11 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1530/ERP-14-0077

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Key Words

  • right ventricle
  • volumes
  • systolic function
  • echocardiography
  • 3D echocardiography