I would say that measuring Carotid IMT without specialized edge-detection
software that is bundled with included gender/age/race graphs that have been
developed in the course of 20+ years of clinical research should be
discouraged, to say the least.
The most commonly conducted Carotid IMT test requires 3 measurements from
each distal 1cm segment of the CCA using 3 specific angulation parameters.
Each measurement consists of about a 1cm segment of the intima-media and
would account for about 100-120 simutaneous AP measurments that are
analysed and averaged into the other 5 sites. A final patient specific report is
then generated using the IMT software. Thus, you should be taking
approximately 600-720 dead-on-balls accurate measurements of these 6 sites.
If you are NOT doing at least this for your patients, then you are doing them a
On Tue, 29 Jan 2008 11:35:36 -0600, Lygia Waters <[log in to unmask]>
>Hi, is anyone out there measuring CIMT without using a specific software
program? If so, how? If not, why not?
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