Strain and strain rate deformation parameters: from tissue Doppler to 2D speckle tracking

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10554-007-9286-9

Cite this article as:
Pavlopoulos, H. & Nihoyannopoulos, P. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging (2008) 24: 479. doi:10.1007/s10554-007-9286-9


Strain and strain rate deformation parameters based on Color Doppler Myocardial Imaging, and more recently on two-dimensional (2D) gray scale images, have evolved as important methods for the quantification of myocardial function. Although these parameters are already applicable in the research field, their acquisition and analysis involve a number of technical challenges and complexities. Accurate knowledge of the basic principles of those techniques, as presented in this article, will further enhance their applicability to clinical practice.


Imaging Echocardiography Strain 

Abbreviations and Acronyms


2 Dimensional




Strain Rate

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Imperial College of Medicine and Technology, Echocardiography DepartmentNational Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), Hammersmith HospitalLondonUK

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