Dynamic Analysis of Left Ventricular Function

The global hemodynamic performance of the heart can be evaluated, in most cases, from the measurement of the left ventricular function. Computer analysis methods for the assessment of left ventricular function and the measurement of global parameters, such as ventricular volumes, stroke volume, and ejection fraction, have been widely adopted by cardiologists and are routinely used as part of their clinical investigations. Geometric and densitometric analysis techniques for the measurement of ventricular size and ejection fraction are applied to radionuclide as well as contrast ventriculograms [5,6]. Most of the traditional geometric techniques are nowadays applied also to tomographic techniques such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI.

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