Last updated on September 2018

Quantitative Stress Echocardiography to Diagnose Myocardial Ischaemia

Brief description of study

Patients with chest pain on exertion need a reliable non-invasive test to identify if they have inducible myocardial ischaemia. This would reduce the use of diagnostic coronary arteriography, avoid its risks and costs, and guide clinical decisions. Conventional stress echocardiography has poor reproducibility because it relies on qualitative and subjective interpretation. Quantitative approaches based on precise and reliable measurements of myocardial velocity, strain, strain rate and global longitudinal strain have been shown to be able to accurately diagnose myocardial ischaemia. A more accurate test using myocardial velocity imaging was not implemented by ultrasound vendors although it provided an objective measurement of myocardial functional reserve on a continuous scale from normality to severe ischaemia.

The investigators propose an original approach to create a diagnostic software tool that can be used in routine clinical practice. The investigators will extract and compare quantitative data obtained through myocardial velocity imaging and speckle tracking in subjects who undergo dobutamine stress echocardiography.

The data will be analysed using advanced computational mathematics including multiple kernel learning and joint statistics applied to multivariate data across multiple dimensions (including velocity, strain and strain rate traces). This approach will be validated against quantitative coronary arteriography and fractional flow reserve. The results will be displayed as parametric images and placed into a reporting tool. The output will determine the presence and severity of myocardial ischaemia. These new tools will have the capacity for iterative learning so that the precision of the diagnostic conclusions can be continuously refined.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03659526

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Jens Voigt

UZ Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
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Reidar Winter

Danderyd Hospital
Stockholm, Sweden
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Alan G Fraser

University Hospital Wales
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Imran D Sunderji

Castle Hill Hospital
Cottingham, United Kingdom
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Recruitment Status: Open

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