Speckle Tracking-Derived Longitudinal Strain: Validation and Influence of Scanner Settings
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Speckle tracking-based strain analysis is an evolving technique for the assessment of left ventricular function. We evaluated the influence of machine settings on global longitudinal peak systolic strain (GLPSS) values in an everyday patient population (n?=?35). In each patient, the four-chamber view was recorded multiple times with different machine parameters. Ejection fraction ranged between 10% and 76% and correlated well with GLPSS (r?=??0.778). GLPSS was not altered systematically by modifications of gain and frame rate. Conversely, higher transducer frequencies (mean effect: 1.102%/MHz, p < 0.001, and 0.662%/MHz, p?=?0.033, for harmonic and fundamental imaging frequencies, respectively) and lower sector depth (mean effect: ?0.156%/cm, p < 0.001) were associated with a slight?but statistically significant?reduction in absolute GLPSS values. Intra- and inter-observer variability exhibited satisfactory repeatability. GLPSS analysis proved to be reproducible and robust in our patient cohort if common settings for adult echocardiography were applied.