TitleCardiac output measured by use of electrocardiogram-gated 64-slice multidector computed tomography, echocardiography, and thermodilution in healthy dogs.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLeblanc, NL, Scollan, K, Stieger-Vanegas, SM
JournalAm J Vet Res
Date Published2017 Jul
KeywordsAnimals, Cardiac Output, Dogs, Echocardiography, Echocardiography, Three-Dimensional, Female, Heart Ventricles, Humans, Male, Reproducibility of Results, Stroke Volume, Thermodilution, Tomography, X-Ray Computed

OBJECTIVE To evaluate the accuracy of cardiac output (CO) estimated by use of ECG-gated multidetector CT (MDCT) and 1-, 2-, and 3-D echocardiography and by use of thermodilution. ANIMALS 6 healthy hound-cross dogs. PROCEDURES Electrocardiogram-gated contrast-enhanced 64-slice MDCT and 1-, 2-, and 3-D echocardiography were performed on each dog. The CO for ECG-gated MDCT was calculated as volumetric measurements of stroke volume multiplied by mean heart rate. Echocardiographic left ventricle end-diastolic volumes and end-systolic volumes were measured by use of the Teichholz method (1-D echocardiography) and a single-plane method of disks (2-D echocardiography). Real-time 3-D echocardiographic left ventricle volumes were measured with 3-D functional analysis software on right long-axis and left apical views. The CO of each dog was measured in triplicate by use of thermodilution. Mean CO values, correlations, and limits of agreement for MDCT, echocardiographic modalities, and thermodilution were compared. RESULTS CO measured by use of MDCT, 2-D echocardiography, and 3-D echocardiography had the strongest correlations with CO measured by use of thermodilution. No significant difference in CO was detected between MDCT, any echocardiographic method, and thermodilution. Bland-Altman analysis revealed a systematic underestimation of CO derived by use of MDCT, 2-D echocardiography, and 3-D echocardiography. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Use of MDCT, 2-D echocardiography, and 3-D echocardiography to measure CO in healthy dogs was feasible. Measures of CO determined by use of 3-D echocardiography on the right long-axis view were strongly correlated with CO determined by use of thermodilution, with little variance and slight underestimation.

Alternate JournalAm. J. Vet. Res.
PubMed ID28650244