Doppler ultrasound is a noninvasive modality for portal hemodynamic study. However, inter-observer variability has been observed. This study has investigated ways to produce less inter-observer variability. Doppler ultrasound portal vein hemodynamic studies were carried out by three well- trained specialists on 20 healthy hospital staff members. The intra-hepatic, first branch, right portal vein, the hilar portal vein, and the extra- hepatic portal vein were chosen for study. With respect to the diameter of portal veins, a significant inter-observer variability was found for the first branch right portal vein and the extra-hepatic portal vein, but not for the hilar portal vein. For maximal portal vein velocity studies, inter- observer variability was not found at any location. A significant failure rate was noted for the measurement of extrahepatic portal vein velocity. Only 8 volunteers had complete data from all of the three investigators. A significant variability was also noted for the average velocity of extrahepatic portal vein. We conclude that Doppler ultrasound hemodynamic studies of the hilar portal vein has the most acceptable inter-observer variability and thus should be used for longitudinal portal hemodynamic studies. Copyright © 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Ultrasound|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1996|
CitationTai, D.-I., Chuah, S.-K., Chen, C.-L., Lo, S. K., Changchien, C.-S., & Li, I.-T. (1996). Inter-observer variability of portal hemodynamics measured by Doppler ultrasound on three different locations of portal vein. Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, 24(2), 61-66. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1097-0096(199602)24:2<61::AID-JCU2>3.0.CO;2-I
- Doppler ultrasonography
- Portal vein
- Hepatic vein