Left atrial (LA) volumes using a monoplane Simpson's Method of Discs (SMOD) can be obtained from the right parasternal long axis four-chamber (RPLA) or from the left apical four-chamber (LA4C) views in dogs; however, little information exists regarding the agreement of LA volume estimates using a SMOD on images obtained from LA4C and RPLA views. Therefore, we sought to examine the agreement between the two methods of obtaining LA volumes in a heterogenous population of healthy and diseased dogs. Additionally, we compared the LA volumes obtained by SMOD with estimates obtained from simple cube or sphere volume formulae. Archived echocar-diographic examinations were retrieved and, where both RPLA and LA4C views were adequately recorded, included in the study. We obtained measurements from 194 dogs that were either apparently healthy (n = 80) or had various cardiac diseases (n = 114). The LA volumes of each dog was measured using a SMOD, from both views, in systole and diastole. Estimates of LA volumes obtained from simple cube or sphere volume formulae from RPLA-derived LA diameters were also calculated. We then used Limits of Agreement analysis to determine agreement between the estimates obtained with each view, and those calculated from linear dimensions.The two methods obtained by SMOD provided similar estimates for both systolic and diastolic volumes but did not agree sufficiently to be interchangeable. The LA4C view often slightly underestimated the LA volumes at small LA sizes and overestimated the LA volumes at large LA sizes compared to RPLA method, with increasing disagreement as the LA size increased. Estimates based on cube method overestimated volumes compared to both SMOD methods, whereas those based on sphere method performed reasonably. Our study suggests that mono -plane volume estimates from the RPLA and LA4C views are similar but not interchangeable. Clinicians can also perform a rough estimate of LA volumes using RPLA-derived LA diameters to calculate the sphere volume.
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