Effective Detection of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (TAA) - Pocket-size Mobile Echocardiographic Device
(From Left) Dr. Randolph WONG, Prof Alex LEE, Prof Simon YU and Prof Martin WONG
CU Medicine proved that a pocket-size mobile echocardiographic device (PME device) effectively detects TAA in an outpatient setting, with a true positive value of 92%. With the PME device, the research team conducted the largest reported TAA screening study for patients with a history of hypertension. It found the prevalence of TAA among this subject population was 7.5% in Hong Kong and identified male gender and older age as independent factors associated with the disease.
The findings have been published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.