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Table 2 Study indication and areas of disagreement in TTE interpretation between fellows and attendings

From: On-call transthoracic echocardiographic interpretation by first year cardiology fellows: comparison with attending cardiologists

Reason for disagreement Primary TTE Indication
LV function Pericardial Effusion Other Total
LV size, LV function, LV wall motion abnormalities 56 (63.6%) 7 (15.6%) 6 (19.4%) 69 (42.1%)
Valve Pathology 13 (14.8%) 4 (8.9%) 12 (38.7%) 29 (17.7%)
Pericardial effusion 2 (2.3%) 25 (55.6%) 1 (3.2%) 28 (17.1%)
RV size and function 16 (18.2%) 8 (17.8%) 10 (32.3%) 34 (20.7%)
Other (LV hypertrophy, pulmonary hypertension, LVOT gradient) 1 (1.1%) 1 (2.2%) 2 (6.5%) 4 (2.4%)
Total 88 (53.7%) 45 (27.4%) 31 (18.9%) 164 (100.0%)
  1. Values are n (%). Abbreviations: RV Right ventricle, LV Left ventricle, LVOT Left ventricular outflow tract, TTE Transthoracic echocardiogram. In 3 out of 167 discordant TTEs, attendings did not specify a reason for discordance even though it was graded as minor discordance