Accession Number:

ADA230491

Title:

Echocardiography in NATO Aircrew (L'Echographie du Coeur)

Descriptive Note:

AGARD working group no. 13

Corporate Author:

ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

112.0

Abstract:

Cardiac echocardiography, with the addition of Doppler technology, is a valuable tool in clinical and research aerospace medicine. Cardiac echocardiography is a superb tool for resting structure and function, with increasing applications in the future for exercise echocardiography. As cardiac ultrasound is increasingly applied in aircrew screening, aircrew selection, surveillance, and aerospace research, the need has arisen for a common reporting format for the NATO air forces, so that studies may be reported in common terminology and comparable variables. Further, any collaborative studies undertaken by the NATO air forces will require a protocol and agreement upon which variables will be measured, where they will be measured, and how they will be reported. It will also be impossible to perform collaborative studies unless meticulous attention is paid to echocardiography quality control. The preliminary report of an apparent over-representation of right ventricular enlargement in Mirage 2000 pilots, when compared to a matched cohort of nonhigh- performance pilots in the French Air Force, underlined the need to see whether differences in echo parameters between these two populations could be sustained for this variable in a large multinational study. These preliminary studies, discussed elsewhere in this document, have focused our attention on the need to identify variables or groups of variables which may be of the greatest value in echocardiographic surveillance of aircrew members.

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE