Editor’s Pick: Current Status of Fully Automated Software with Three-Dimensional Echocardiography for the Quantification of Left Ventricular Function

This paper, courtesy of Yang and Takeuchi, provides a timely and well-considered update on the current status of fully-automated software with three-dimensional echocardiography for quantifying left ventricular function. It is inspiring to see how far this technology has developed in recent years, and we look forward to observing its progression in the future and the potential benefits this development will bring to patient management.

Li-Tan Yang,1,2 *Masaaki Takeuchi1

1. Department of Laboratory and Transfusion Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Japan
2. Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, National Cheng Kung
University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
*Correspondence to takeuchi@med.uoeh-u.ac.jp

Disclosure: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest.
Received: 01.03.17 Accepted: 24.04.17
Citation: EMJ Int Cardiol. 2017;5[1]:48-54.


Echocardiography has an important role in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients who require transcatheter valvular interventions. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is a very popular parameter for the assessment of LV function. Although several cut-off values of LVEF have been used for decision making in patients with valvular heart disease, less attention has been paid to its accuracy and reliability. Observer variability is a significant concern, and >10% differences in LVEF measurements between two sonographers could occur in the same two-dimensional echocardiography datasets. The adoption of fully automated LV quantification software with three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) might be one potential solution to eliminate this problem. We will review the current status of fully automated software with 3DE for the assessment of LV volumes and LVEF.

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