Accuracy of color doppler velocity in the flow field proximal to a regurgitant orifice: implications for color doppler quantitation of valvular incompetence.

Abstract

Color Doppler is routinely used in estimates of valvular regurgitation. Velocity and subsequently flow measurements are made at about 7-10 cm from the ultrasonic transducer. Error in velocity measurement may occur due to spatial broadening of the color Doppler beam in the axial, azimuthal and lateral directions. Error in velocity may also occur due to wall… (More)

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