Errors in the determination of left ventricular functional parameters

R. H. Wagner*, J. R. Halama, R. E. Henkin, G. L. Dillehay, P. A. Sobotka

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Gated blood-pool scans of the left ventricle are routinely employed for determination of the left ventricular ejection fraction. Recently, attempts have been made to evaluate other left ventricular functional parameters. These values include peak emptying rate (PER), time to peak emptying rate (TPER), peak filling rate (PFR), and time to peak filling rate (TPFR). In studying these parameters clinically, we identified many software errors and assumptions that impact on these values. These errors may also affect the determination of left ventricular ejection fraction (EF). We conclude that before any serious investigation of left ventricular functional parameters is undertaken, a detailed evaluation and standardization of the acquisition and edge detection algorithms must be performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1870-1874
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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