Ultrasound Transducer Pressure: An Unexplored Source of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Measurement Error

Abstract

This study was aimed at quantifying the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) compression phenomenon and assessing the use of a new tool to estimate transducer pressure in vivo. In this cross-sectional study, 47 participants with AAA and a median anterior-to-posterior (AP) AAA diameter of 46 mm (range: 30-76 mm) were included. The majority of the patients were overweight with body mass indexes >25 (33/47, 70%). A standardized ultrasound (US)-compatible gel pad, with a pre-defined thickness (15 mm) and mass (150 g), was interposed between the US transducer and participant to estimate the applied transducer pressure. A firm transducer pressure significantly lowered the median AP diameter from 46.1 mm (range: 29.7-76.3) to 39.4 mm (range: 21.7-67.5) (p = 0.001). The mean diameter bias between light and firm transducer pressure was 6.1 mm (95% confidence interval: 4.9-7.3). The applied transducer pressure varied significantly and could be measured by translating the deformation of a low-tech gel pad interposed between the US transducer and the participant.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftUltrasound in Medicine & Biology
Vol/bind48
Udgave nummer9
Sider (fra-til)1778-1784
Antal sider7
ISSN0301-5629
DOI
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2022

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