Towards standardization of echocardiography for the evaluation of left ventricular function in adult rodents: a position paper of the ESC Working Group on Myocardial Function

S. Zacchigna*, A. Paldino, I. Falcao-Pires, E.P. Daskalopoulos, M. Dal Ferro, S. Vodret, P. Lesizza, A. Cannata, D. Miranda-Silva, A.P. Lourenco, B. Pinamonti, G. Sinagra, F. Weinberger, T. Eschenhagen, L. Carrier, I. Kehat, C.G. Tocchetti, M. Russo, A. Ghigo, J. CiminoE. Hirsch, D. Dawson, M. Ciccarelli, M. Oliveti, W.A. Linke, I. Cuijpers, S. Heymans, N. Hamdani, M. de Boer, D.J. Duncker, D. Kuster, J. van der Velden, C. Beauloye, L. Bertrand, M. Mayr, M. Giacca, F. Leuschner, J. Backs, T. Thum, S.o.c. European, Working Group on Myocardial Function of the European Society of Cardiology

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

27 Citations (Web of Science)


Echocardiography is a reliable and reproducible method to assess non-invasively cardiac function in clinical and experimental research. Significant progress in the development of echocardiographic equipment and transducers has led to the successful translation of this methodology from humans to rodents, allowing for the scoring of disease severity and progression, testing of new drugs, and monitoring cardiac function in genetically modified or pharmacologically treated animals. However, as yet, there is no standardization in the procedure to acquire echocardiographic measurements in small animals. This position paper focuses on the appropriate acquisition and analysis of echocardiographic parameters in adult mice and rats, and provides reference values, representative images, and videos for the accurate and reproducible quantification of left ventricular function in healthy and pathological conditions.[GRAPHICS].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-59
Number of pages17
JournalCardiovascular Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • animal models
  • diastolic function
  • echocardiography
  • standardization
  • systolic function
  • Diastolic function
  • Animal models
  • Echocardiography
  • Standardization
  • Systolic function

Cite this