Inter- and intra-study reproducibility of LV volume analysis performed by technologists
© Lawton et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
Published: 1 February 2012
Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging studies are increasingly being carried out in patients with cardiovascular disease. In a high throughput centre (>1,200 scans per year) technologists can potentially provide significant help in assisting with LV volumes analysis but the inter- and intra-observer variability of this task has not been reported.
Two CMR technologists with no previous experience in analysing LV volumes assessed 20 CMR studies in ischemic heart disease patients. 10 studies were re-analysed 24 hours after the first analysis.
Volumes and mass were analysed using semi-automated software (Argus, Siemens) following a 2hr tutorial on how to use the software.
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Technologists with no previous experience in analysising LV parameters can analyse LV volumes after a short tutorial on a semi-automated software with good reproducibility, and a low inter- observer variability.
NIHR Cardiovascular BRU, Bristol Heart Institute.
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