Determination of right atrial and right ventricular size by two-dimensional echocardiography

William J Bommer, L. Weinert, A. Neumann, J. Neef, D. T. Mason, A. DeMaria

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Abstract

No data available on determining right atrial and right ventricular size by two-dimensional echocardiography. The authors performed two-dimensional echocardiograms on eight human right-heart casts obtained at autopsy and on 50 patients who underwent complete left- and right-heart catheterization. Measurement of individual dimensions of the long and short axes of the right atrium and ventricle from right heart casts closely correlated with the volume of these structures as determined by water displacement. Further, individual dimensions by cross-sectional echo correlated well with actual casts dimensions. Subsequently, echocardiographic measurements of right atrial and ventricular long and short axes were obtained in the apical four-chambered view in a group of normals and compared with a group of patients with right ventricular volume overload states. Mean values for right atrial short-axis and long-axis measurements were greater in right ventricular volume overload patients than in normals: 6.5 ± 0.3 vs 3.6 ± 0.1 cm, and 6.0 ± 0.3 vs 4.2 ± 0.1 cm, respectively (both p<0.001). In addition, measurements of both individual dimensions as well as planed area of the right ventricle were greater in right ventricular volume overload patients than in normals: maximal short axis 6.1 ± 0.3 vs 3.5 ± 0.2 cm, mid-short axis 6.1 ± 0.4 vs 2.8 ± 0.2 cm, and area 40 ± 2,6 vs 18 ± 1.2 cm 2 (all p<0.001). There were no differences in right ventricular long-axis measurement. Two-dimensional echocardiography provided better separation of normals from right ventricular volume overload patients than did M-mode techniques. Thus, two-dimensional echocardiography, with the apical four-chambered view, enables accurate visualization of the right atrium and ventricle in almost all patients. Further, measurement of right atrial and right ventricular size by two-dimensional echocardiography readily distinguish normal patients from those with right ventricular volume overload.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-100
Number of pages10
JournalCirculation
Volume60
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Bommer, W. J., Weinert, L., Neumann, A., Neef, J., Mason, D. T., & DeMaria, A. (1979). Determination of right atrial and right ventricular size by two-dimensional echocardiography. Circulation, 60(1), 91-100.