Myocardial strain imaging based on two-dimensional displacement vector measurement

Naotaka Nitta, Tsuyoshi Shiina

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The abnormalities of myocardial wall motion caused by changes in wall stiffness often appear in the early stage of ischemic heart disease. Since the myocardium exhibits complex and large motion, a two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) assessment of stiffness distribution is required for accurate diagnosis. Although a 3D assessment is ultimately required, as a stepped approach for practical use, we propose novel methods for tracking the 2D motion using a one-dimensional (ID) phased array and for assessing myocardial malfunction by visualizing the invariant of a strain tensor. The feasibilities of the proposed methods were evaluated by numerically simulating the short-axis imaging of a 3D myocardial model. This model includes a hard infarction located between 1 and 3 o'clock, which is difficult to detect by conventional tissue Doppler and strain rate imaging, and the motions of the model were assigned by referring to actual myocardial motion. These results revealed that the proposed imaging methods clearly depicted the hard infarction area which conventional imaging could not detect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3249-3255
Number of pages7
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number5 B
Publication statusPublished - 2004 May
Externally publishedYes


  • Combined autocorrelation method
  • Invariant
  • Myocardium
  • Phase gradient method
  • Strain
  • Two-dimensional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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