Validation of an assessment tool for estimation of abdominal aortic aneurysm compression in diagnostic ultrasound

Morten Bo Søndergaard Svendsen, Qasam Mohammed Ghulam, Alexander Hakon Zielinski, Christian Lachenmeier, Jonas Peter Eiberg

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Abstract

The study investigated ultrasound (US) transducer push, tantamount to applied transducer pressure, during abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) US scanning in a simulated non-clinical setup. During an assessment of maximal AAA diameter on a three-dimensional print-based AAA phantom, US transducer push varied as much as 2000% (range: 0.52-12.45 kPa) amongst 16 experienced sonographers. The mean transducer push was 5.54 ± 3.91 kPa (CV = 0.71). Deformation of a standardized gel-pad allowed for transducer push calculation based on US images; Young's modulus of the gel-pad was estimated to 44,26 N/m2. The method is theoretically validated in a safe and non-clinical environment. Future investigations with the aim of clinical validation of the gel-pad principle on AAA patients are suggested, including the objectification of the magnitude of an eventual transducer push-related error during US AAA diameter measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106484
JournalUltrasonics
Volume116
Number of pages7
ISSN0041-624X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

Keywords

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Diameter measurement
  • Transducer push
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound phantom

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