The study Comparison of Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Measurement between a New Oscillometric Device (MESI ABPI MD®) and the Standard Doppler Method in the Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Arterial Disease (LEAD) by Varetto, et al., published in Journal of Non Invasive Vascular Investigation in February 2019, supported by Executive Board of Italian Society for Vascular Investigation, compares two different ABI measurement methods in an outpatient setting in a population of patients admitted to a vascular consultation: automated MESI ABPI MD and handheld Doppler. The study concluded the MESI ABPI MD is a valid screening method to detect LEAD.
MESI ABPI MD vs Standard Doppler Method in Diagnosing LEAD
The standard ABI measurement is performed using a handheld Doppler, however, since the 80’s, the necessity for faster and simpler methods of measuring ABI for screening purposes, influenced the introduction of new devices. MESI developed the MESI ABPI MD, using oscillometry and volume plethysmography to measure ABI, making the procedure less time consuming and easier to perform.
From September 2017 to May 2018, 185 patients were included in the study. Four ABI measurements were obtained for each patient, using two pairs of ankle and brachial pressure assessed by a single operator. The operator sequentially registered systolic pressures using the Doppler and MESI ABPI methods twice per instrument.
The study concluded the MESI ABPI MD is a valid screening method to detect LEAD “in early stages, in an outpatient setting and not necessarily in a specialized center, and its suitability to this purpose is enhanced by the fact that it does not need dedicated operators and offers faster times of screening, making it useful on larger scale.”
The ABPI MD allows an assessment without the need of specialized staff with a significant reduction of measuring time, making ABI measurements accessible to a wider public and useful for everyday screening.
Read full study on Comparison of AnkleBrachial Index (ABI)Measurement between a New Oscillometric Device (MESI ABPI MD®) and the Standard Doppler Method in the Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Arterial Disease (LEAD) by Varetto, et al., published in Journal of Non Invasive Vascular Investigation.