EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, cilt.27, ss.1719-1724, 2006 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
Aims Although dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) is an accepted tool for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD), it requires subsequent image acquisitions of the left ventricle (LV) in order to visualize all segments. This makes the procedure relatively time-consuming and might limit its accuracy. With the introduction of matrix array transducers, the real-time simultaneous acquisition of all LV segments has become possible using multi-plane imaging. The purpose of this study was: (i) to test the feasibility and efficiency of real-time tri-plane (RT3P) imaging during DSE, (ii) to compare the accuracy of RT3P DSE in detecting CAD using coronary angiography as the reference method.