Ultrasonic imaging of propagation of contraction and relaxation in the heart walls at high temporal resolution

Hiroki Yoshiara, Hideyuki Hasegawa, Hiroshi Kanai, Motonao Tanaka

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Strain and strain rate imaging have been shown to be useful for the assessment of regional myocardial function. However, some of the mechanisms of transition in myocardial contraction/relaxation remain unclear. In this study, the RF echoes from the left ventricular (LV) wall were acquired in both the longitudinal-axis view and the apical view by scanning ultrasonic beams sparsely to improve the temporal resolution, and a frame rate of about 600 Hz was realized. The phased tracking method was applied to multiple points in the heart wall to estimate the strain rate. The spatial distribution of the strain rate measured about every 2 ms showed the continuous transition in the myocardium. In the apical view, the propagation speed of contraction from the apex to the base side in the interventricular septum was found to be about 0.8 m/s. These results indicate the potential of this method in the estimation of the physiological function of the myocardium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4889-4896
Number of pages8
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number7 B
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jul 26


  • Frame rate
  • Myocardial contraction/relaxation
  • Phased tracking method
  • Strain rate
  • in vivo experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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