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Speckle tracking echocardiography in mature Irish Wolfhound dogs: technical feasibility, measurement error and reference intervals.

Westrup U, McEvoy FJ - Acta Vet. Scand. (2013)

Bottom Line: These were scanned under normal clinical conditions to obtain in one session both standard echocardiographic parameters and STE data.Measurement error was determined separately in 5 healthy mature Irish Wolfhounds.The calculated mean peak torsion of the heart was 11.6 ± 5.1 degrees (n = 45).The measurement error was 24.8%, 26.4%, 11.5%, 6.7%, 9.0% and 10 degrees, for RS-apex, RS-base, CS-apex, CS-base, LS and torsion, respectively.

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Affiliation: Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Dyrlaegevej 16, Frederiksberg C DK-1870, Denmark. ulw@sund.ku.dk

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Background: Two-dimensional strain measurements obtained by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) have been reported in both humans and dogs. Incorporation of this technique into canine clinical practice requires the availability of measurements from clinically normal dogs, ideally of the same breed, taken under normal clinical conditions.The aims of this prospective study were to assess if it is possible to obtain STE data during a routine echocardiographic examination in Irish Wolfhound dogs and that these data will provide reference values and an estimation of measurement error.

Methods: Fifty- four healthy mature Irish Wolfhounds were used. These were scanned under normal clinical conditions to obtain in one session both standard echocardiographic parameters and STE data. Measurement error was determined separately in 5 healthy mature Irish Wolfhounds.

Results: Eight dogs were rejected by the software algorithm for reasons of image quality, resulting in a total of 46 dogs (85.2%) being included in the statistical analysis. In 46 dogs it was possible to obtain STE data from three scanning planes, as well as to measure the rotation of the left ventricle at two levels and thus calculate the torsion of the heart. The mean peak radial strain at the cardiac apex (RS-apex) was 45.1 ± 10.4% (n = 44), and the mean peak radial strain at the base (RS-base) was 36.9 ± 14.7% (n = 46). The mean peak circumferential strain at the apex (CS-apex) was -24.8 ± 6.2% (n = 44), and the mean peak circumferential strain at the heart base (CS-base) was -15.9 ± 3.2% (n = 44). The mean peak longitudinal strain (LS) was -16.2 ± 3.0% (n = 46). The calculated mean peak torsion of the heart was 11.6 ± 5.1 degrees (n = 45).The measurement error was 24.8%, 26.4%, 11.5%, 6.7%, 9.0% and 10 degrees, for RS-apex, RS-base, CS-apex, CS-base, LS and torsion, respectively.

Conclusions: It is concluded that this technique can be included in a normal echocardiographic examination in large breed dogs under clinical conditions. The usefulness of the reference values reported here, given their wide normal range, will ultimately be determined by the values that are obtained from a large numbers of diseased dogs.

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Box-and-whisker plot of peak systolic torsion of left ventricle. Data showing 2.5, 25, 50 (median), 75 and 97.5 cumulative centiles.
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Figure 10: Box-and-whisker plot of peak systolic torsion of left ventricle. Data showing 2.5, 25, 50 (median), 75 and 97.5 cumulative centiles.

Mentions: There was a total of six outliers, two for the radial measurements, two for the circumference measurements at the apex level, and one each for the circumferential strain measurements at the base and for the twist measurements. The outliers were removed before the reference intervals were calculated. A box and whisker plot for each parameter (with outliers removed) is shown in Figures 7, 8, 9 and 10. For all of the parameters, there were no significant relationships regarding age, gender or heart rate when tested in the regression model or using Student’s t-test as appropriate.


Speckle tracking echocardiography in mature Irish Wolfhound dogs: technical feasibility, measurement error and reference intervals.

Westrup U, McEvoy FJ - Acta Vet. Scand. (2013)

Box-and-whisker plot of peak systolic torsion of left ventricle. Data showing 2.5, 25, 50 (median), 75 and 97.5 cumulative centiles.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3672081&req=5

Figure 10: Box-and-whisker plot of peak systolic torsion of left ventricle. Data showing 2.5, 25, 50 (median), 75 and 97.5 cumulative centiles.
Mentions: There was a total of six outliers, two for the radial measurements, two for the circumference measurements at the apex level, and one each for the circumferential strain measurements at the base and for the twist measurements. The outliers were removed before the reference intervals were calculated. A box and whisker plot for each parameter (with outliers removed) is shown in Figures 7, 8, 9 and 10. For all of the parameters, there were no significant relationships regarding age, gender or heart rate when tested in the regression model or using Student’s t-test as appropriate.

Bottom Line: These were scanned under normal clinical conditions to obtain in one session both standard echocardiographic parameters and STE data.Measurement error was determined separately in 5 healthy mature Irish Wolfhounds.The calculated mean peak torsion of the heart was 11.6 ± 5.1 degrees (n = 45).The measurement error was 24.8%, 26.4%, 11.5%, 6.7%, 9.0% and 10 degrees, for RS-apex, RS-base, CS-apex, CS-base, LS and torsion, respectively.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Dyrlaegevej 16, Frederiksberg C DK-1870, Denmark. ulw@sund.ku.dk

ABSTRACT

Background: Two-dimensional strain measurements obtained by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) have been reported in both humans and dogs. Incorporation of this technique into canine clinical practice requires the availability of measurements from clinically normal dogs, ideally of the same breed, taken under normal clinical conditions.The aims of this prospective study were to assess if it is possible to obtain STE data during a routine echocardiographic examination in Irish Wolfhound dogs and that these data will provide reference values and an estimation of measurement error.

Methods: Fifty- four healthy mature Irish Wolfhounds were used. These were scanned under normal clinical conditions to obtain in one session both standard echocardiographic parameters and STE data. Measurement error was determined separately in 5 healthy mature Irish Wolfhounds.

Results: Eight dogs were rejected by the software algorithm for reasons of image quality, resulting in a total of 46 dogs (85.2%) being included in the statistical analysis. In 46 dogs it was possible to obtain STE data from three scanning planes, as well as to measure the rotation of the left ventricle at two levels and thus calculate the torsion of the heart. The mean peak radial strain at the cardiac apex (RS-apex) was 45.1 ± 10.4% (n = 44), and the mean peak radial strain at the base (RS-base) was 36.9 ± 14.7% (n = 46). The mean peak circumferential strain at the apex (CS-apex) was -24.8 ± 6.2% (n = 44), and the mean peak circumferential strain at the heart base (CS-base) was -15.9 ± 3.2% (n = 44). The mean peak longitudinal strain (LS) was -16.2 ± 3.0% (n = 46). The calculated mean peak torsion of the heart was 11.6 ± 5.1 degrees (n = 45).The measurement error was 24.8%, 26.4%, 11.5%, 6.7%, 9.0% and 10 degrees, for RS-apex, RS-base, CS-apex, CS-base, LS and torsion, respectively.

Conclusions: It is concluded that this technique can be included in a normal echocardiographic examination in large breed dogs under clinical conditions. The usefulness of the reference values reported here, given their wide normal range, will ultimately be determined by the values that are obtained from a large numbers of diseased dogs.

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Related in: MedlinePlus