Automatic Quantification of Left-ventricular Function

The evaluation of the size and function of the left ventricle in patients with suspected heart disease is a central diagnostic problem. In contrast to other methods of evaluating left-ventricular function (e.g., angiocardiography, right-sided heart catheterization, radionuclide ventriculography or MRI), transthoracic echocardiography is a widespread and readily available procedure that is not stressful for the patient and does involve exposure to a contrast medium or to radiation.

Fig. 2: The ventricular contour is fit between the marked reference points...
Fig. 2: The ventricular contour is fit between the marked reference points (annulus of the mitral valve and LV apex) by A-ACT (partial shape constraint contour model)

This article was first published in the VISIONS, issue 3/2002, a publication of Toshiba Medical Systems


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