Measurement of the lateral ventricles in the neonatal head: comparison of 2-D and 3-D techniques

Glenda McLean, Peter Robert Coombs, Arvind Sehgal, Eldho Paul, Lily Zamani, T Gilbertson, Ronnie Ptasznik

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Neonatal cranial ultrasound is routinely performed to screen preterm infants for complications of prematurity. A key component of this examination is the measurement of the lateral ventricles to identify and monitor ventriculomegaly. This study assesses the two-dimensional (2-D) interobserver error of neonatal cranial lateral ventricle measurements on 40 neonates who were undergoing cranial ultrasound in the neonatal intensive care unit. Three-dimensional (3-D) volumes were obtained using a matrix transducer. Lateral ventricle (LV) measurements were subsequently measured on a departmental 3-D workstation by two workstation sonographers. The interobserver error of this technique was calculated and compared with the conventional 2-D technique. Both techniques demonstrated acceptable interobserver variability although the established 2-D technique had less variation. This identifies a potential role for 3-D analysis in the neonatal cranial ultrasound examination. It also affirms the potential of 3-D ultrasound in performing similar small measurements in other clinical settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2051 - 2057
Number of pages7
JournalUltrasound in Medicine & Biology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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