We measured the regional disparity in backscattered ultrasound by means of obtaining integrated backscatter images of 10 healthy subjects and placing a region of interest in 18 distinct positions. A computer model simulating the short-axis view was implemented on the basis of previously measured values for the anisotropic ultrasonic properties of myocardium. Measurements showed that the integrated backscatter value was greatest for the anterior septum and decreased by 15.9 ± 3.5 dB for the lateral wall and 17.7 ± 3.5 dB for the inferior septum. The value in the posterior wall was 8.1 ± 3.8 dB below the value for the anterior septum. The regional variation of backscatter predicted with the simulation correlated well with the clinical measurements. These results suggested that analyses based on measurements of backscatter may require compensation for the inherent anisotropic properties of myocardium.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography|
|State||Published - 1998|