Quantification of ventricular remodeling in the tight-skin mouse cardiomyopathy with acoustic microscopy

Andrew K. Wong, Thomas G. Osborn, James G. Miller, Samuel A. Wickline

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To determine the role of ultrasonic tissue characterization for the detection of changes in myocardial architecture associated with cardiomyopathy, acoustic microscopy was performed on the hearts of 4- to 6-month-old tight-skin mice [TSK/+, C57-B10.D2 (58B)/SN strain], a model of cardiomyopathy characterized by diffuse interstitial fibrosis. Ultrasonic backscatter was measured from excised segments of left ventricular free walls of five TSK mice and five sex- and age-matched normal controls with a 50 MHz broad band focused piezoelectric transducer operated in a saline-filled water tank at room temperature. Forty-nine radio frequency (RF) lines were digitized from each specimen at 2 ns/sample. Power spectral analysis of RF data was performed and mean integrated backscatter (IB) computed. The TSK group demonstrated greater IB (-53.6 ± 0.6 dB, n = 5) than did the control group (-56.6 ± 0.7 dB, n = 5; p < 0.02). Myocardial collagen content determined by hydroxyproline assay increased by 11% in the TSK group (2.54 ± 0.08 μg/mg dry wt, n = 5) over that in controls (2.28 ± 0.07 μg/mg dry wt, n = 5; p < 0.05). A significant linear relationship was observed between myocardial hydroxyproline concentration and IB (r = 0.74; p < 0.02). Thus, ultrasonic tissue characterization permits sensitive detection of modest changes in the extent of interstitial fibrosis that accompany tissue remodeling in the early stages of cardiomyopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-374
Number of pages10
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1993


  • Cardiac interstitium
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • High-frequency ultrasonics
  • Tight-skin mouse
  • Ultrasonic tissue characterization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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