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Transesophageal echocardiography is recommended to monitor left ventricular (LV) size and function in various operations. Generally, two-dimensional (2D) methods are applied intraoperatively. The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy and feasibility of 6 commonly used 2D methods to assess LV function during surgery. LV function in 120 consecutive(More)
   Over 40,000 annuloplasty rings are implanted each year in the USA to treat mitral regurgitation. However, the used measuring techniques to select a suitable annuloplasty ring are imprecise and highly depending on the expert’s experience. This can cause a re-occurrence of the mitral regurgitation or an annuloplasty ring dehiscence, and thus the necessity(More)
BACKGROUND Different types of mitral annuloplasty rings are commercially available. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of implantation of six types of annuloplasty rings on the geometry and dynamics of the mitral valve. METHODS Three-dimensional echocardiography images of 42 patients were acquired to visualize the mitral valve annulus.(More)
OBJECTIVES Transesophageal echocardiography has become a standard tool for evaluating left ventricular function during cardiac surgery. However, the image quality varies widely between patients and examinations. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of the image quality on 5 commonly used 2-dimensional methods. METHODS Transesophageal(More)