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ABSTRACT: To test the hypothesis that real-time, 3-dimensional (3-D) echocardiography can obtain all standard 2-dimensional (2-D) views from acquisition of 2 volume sets, we scanned 45 patients (24 men, 21 women; mean age 49 +/- 17 years). This real-time 3-D device (VOLUMETRICS Medical Imaging, Durham, NC) uses a matrix phased array transducer in a 60 degree pyramidal volume. Images are displayed as 2 steerable, intersecting, conventional 2-D image sectors that can be oriented throughout 3-D space. By using this equipment, we were able to obtain 93.3% of standard views from a parasternal volume set and 85.2% of standard views from an apical volume set. The mean scanning time was 91 +/- 19 seconds for the parasternal volume set and 86 +/- 22 seconds for the apical volume set. We conclude that standard 2-D views can be obtained in the majority of patients by using this method. This equipment has the potential to substantially decrease the imaging time compared with the standard 2-D echocardiography.
Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography 02/1999; 12(1):1-6. · 3.99 Impact Factor