To define the dependence of cardiac cycle-dependent variation of integrated backscatter on regional myocardial wall motion, 8 children mean age 10.6 ± 1.3 y with congenital cardiac lesions associated with paradoxical septal motion were studied (study group). Six healthy children mean age 9.0 ± 0.3 y with no history of cardiac disease served as controls (control group). Subjects in the study group had paradoxical septal motion but normal septal wall thickening detected by conventional two-dimensional and M-mode echocardiography. The control group had normal septal motion evident by conventional echocardiographic criteria. The percentage of systolic septal thickening was 46 ± 4.5% and 42 ± 5.9% in the study and control groups (p = NS). Cyclic variation was measured in parasternal long-axis views from several septal sites in each subject. Mean values of the magnitude of cyclic variation from independent septal sites were averaged to yield a regional average value for each subject. The average regional magnitude of cyclic variation was 8.3 ± 1.0 dB and 5.7 ± 0.4 dB in the study and control groups (p = NS). The results indicate that the measurement of cyclic variation of integrated backscatter is not distorted by altered regional wall motion, and that it reflects intrinsic contractile function.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology|
|State||Published - 1989|
- Contractile function
- Cyclic variation of integrated backscatter
- Regional wall motion
- Ultrasonic tissue characterization