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High-resolution B-mode ultrasound reading methods in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) cohort. The ARIC Study Group.

TitleHigh-resolution B-mode ultrasound reading methods in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) cohort. The ARIC Study Group.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
JournalJ Neuroimaging
Volume1
Issue4
Pagination168-72
Date Published1991 Nov
ISSN1051-2284
KeywordsCarotid Arteries, Carotid Artery, Internal, Humans, Middle Aged, Observer Variation, Reproducibility of Results, Ultrasonography
Abstract

To measure the association of cardiovascular disease risk factors with carotid artery diameter and thickness of the intima and media in the general population, standardized ultrasound scanning and reading protocols were performed on 15,800 individuals in the multicenter Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. In a randomly selected subset of 855 participants, the mean artery diameter, minimum lumen diameter, and maximum near- and far-wall thicknesses were measured at a core laboratory from B-mode image recordings of the common carotid, bifurcation, and internal carotid arteries to determine both within-reader and between-reader variability. Measurements associated with the wall thickness are sensitive indicators of reader reproducibility, with between-reader reliability coefficients ranging from 0.78 to 0.93 and coefficients of variation ranging from 13.1 to 18.3%. The percent of paired readings in the three carotid segments for which the absolute difference of the far-wall thickness measured by different readers was not greater than one image pixel (0.067 mm) was 58% (common carotid), 53% (internal carotid), and 42% (bifurcation). Highly reproducible measurements of carotid artery dimensions can be achieved with standardized training and performance of ultrasound scanning and reading protocols.

Alternate JournalJ Neuroimaging
PubMed ID10149810
Grant ListHC-55018 / HC / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States