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Observer variability may limit assessment of aortic stenosis by Doppler echocardiography. This study aimed to assess whether echocardiographic contrast agent improves reproducibility of aortic valve area (AVA) measurements for patients with aortic stenosis. In all, 20 patients with aortic stenosis (67 +/- 10 years old) underwent noncontrast and contrast Doppler echocardiography on 2 occasions, 3 weeks apart. Intraobserver and interobserver coefficients of reproducibility were 0.36 and 0.20 cm for left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) diameter, and 0.38 and 0.24 cm(2) for AVA, respectively. Although intraobserver reproducibility was unaffected, contrast improved interobserver reproducibility for LVOT diameter (mean of differences -0.02 +/- 0.07 cm vs 0.01 +/- 0.10 cm, P

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Journal article


J am soc echocardiogr

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247 - 252


Aged, Aortic Valve, Aortic Valve Stenosis, Blood Flow Velocity, Contrast Media, Echocardiography, Echocardiography, Doppler, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Observer Variation, Reproducibility of Results