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A 53-year-old female asked:

Just followed up with cardiologist for dilated ascending aorta found at mayo. they measured it wrong. isn't mayo supposed to be better than that?

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Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
No one's perfect: The Mayo clinic has an excellent reputation & would be considered relatively reliable. However, certain msmts can change over time. Also, there will always be some variability between msmts (with less variability by definition for more precise msmts). Looking from a different angle or with better echo windows may also affect the result. Lastly, no one is perfect, so anyone can make a mistake.
Dr. Richard Goldman
Cardiology 37 years experience
Measurements of the ascending aorta can be done by ultrasound, CT, or MRI imaging techniques. All techniques have error associated with the diagnostic study, and the ultrasound (echo) may be the most operator dependent (more variability). If the information is clinically important, recommend using CT or MRI imaging to compare the measurements.
Jun 6, 2014

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