Apical Views




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Position probe at cardiac apex looking up towards the patients R shoulder and with the marker pointing between the L shoulder and flank. Rotating clockwise from the L shoulder will open up the heart bringing the R side into view.

Overall impression:

  • LV and RV fx and RWMAs
  • Valve structure and fx
  • Dimensions LV, RV, LA, RA
  • Wall thickness
  • Pericardial effusion

Volume of LVd and s, RVd and s, LAs and RAs by Simpsons method (trace around inside chamber and measure length). Ignore papillary muscle.
Basal and mid width RV and length of RV.

MAPSE at lateral MV annulus.
TAPSE at lateral TV annulus.

MV inflow and regurg. 
Vena contracta should be measured in PLAX if possible.
TV inflow and regurg. PISA.
Inter-atrial and ventricular septa.

Used to assess MR

  • Measure peak velocity of regurg jet (below line)
  • Measure rate of ventricular pressure rise (dP/dt). Mark the points where regurg jet velocity reaches 1m/s and 3m/s then measure the time interval between these points

Position sample volume at tips of MV leaflets and measure:

  • Peak E and A wave velocity
  • E:A ratio
  • E wave deceleration time (slope of E decel from peak to baseline)
  • Trace round inflow (E and A waves) to measure VTI to calculate mean pressure gradient for MS and regurgitant volume if MR (can do this in CW)
  • Measure A duration.

Sample volume in PV. Measure:

  • PV S and D velocity.
  • Ar (otherwise termed ‘a’) duration (Ar wave below the line after S and D waves)

TDI septal and lateral MV annulus with low gain and aliasing velocity 15-20:

  • Peak Em, Am, Sm and E/Em ratio. Can substitute ‘prime’ for ‘m’.


  • Align probe with any regurgitant jet
  • Measure peak velocity of jet 
  • RVSP – RAP (gradient) = 4 x (Vmax)2
  • Gradient + RAP = RSVP
  • PASP = RVSP if no PV stenosis

Trace round TV inflow to get the VTI and the mean pressure drop as for MV (can do this in CW)
TDI of lateral TV optional


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Angle the probe slightly anteriorly and the LVOT and aorta will come into view.

Align LVOT and AV with probe
Inspect LVOT (hypertrophy) and AV

AV – aortic stenosis/regurg
LVOT – flow acceleration (septal hypertrophy)
Septum – VSD

Through valve to obtain trace of forward flow +/- regurg

  • Measure Vmax from which the gradient can be calculated by the simplified Bernoulli equation. If Vmax LVOT (PW) >1m/s or aorta (CW) <3m/s then need to use full Bernoulli for which you need LVOT VTI from PW as well as aortic VTI from CW.
  • Trace round doppler envelope below line to calculate mean pressure gradient (this is the VTI of the aorta). Machine should automatically measure Vmax from a VTI measurement so don’t need to measure Vmax separately.
  • If regurg above line, measure pressure half time (downward slope of line).

Position in LVOT where measured LVOT in PLAX.

  • Trace around doppler envelope to get VTI for SV and accurate valve area calculations.

Position to lie between AV and MV so mitral inflow and aortic outflow seen on same trace

  • Freeze the trace and measure time between end of aortic outflow and start of mitral inflow – this is the isovolumetric relaxation time (IVRT) used to assess diastolic function. Note BSEs minimum data set says to do this with CW doppler.



Image from BSE website
From the A4C view rotate the probe anticlockwise so the marker points at the patient’s L shoulder. The R side will disappear leaving a view of only the left side.


Inspect LV dimensions and function
Anterior wall on right of screen; inferior wall on left)
Measure LV area and length (volume) in systole and diastole for EF.
Measure LA area and length.
Colour, CW, PW as for A4C MV 
Simpsons for LV volume and EF



Image from BSE website
Rotate the probe 90 anticlockwise so the marker points at the R shoulder. The LVOT and aorta will come into view.

Anteroseptal wall right of screen; inferolateral left
Don’t do Simpsons in this view


CW and PW for:

  • MV
  • LVOT
  • AV

Colour and doppler for more info on MV and AV. This is good view to assess AV peak velocity if you haven’t been able to get a good A5C view.

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