Reproducibility in pelvic floor biometric parameters of nulliparous women assessed by translabial three-dimensional ultrasound using Omniview reformatting technique.

Zsuzsanna Ilona Katalin Jármy-Di Bella, Edward Araujo Júnior, Claudinei Alves Rodrigues, Luiza Torelli, Wellington P. Martins, Antonio Fernandes Moron, Manoel João Batista Castello Girão


Aim: To assess the reproducibility of pelvic floor biometric parameters by translabial three-dimensional ultrasound compared with the OmniView® reformatting technique. Material and methods: We performed a cross-sectional study involving 47 nulliparous women without symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. The hiatal area and right pubovisceral muscle width measurements were performed in the axial plane using both 3D ultrasound in the rendering mode and OmniView® techniques. To determine the occurrence of standardized error between examiners and the two sonographic methods, the paired t-test was used. The intra- and inter-observer reliability and agreement were estimated by concordance correlation coefficient (CCC) and limits of agreement, respectively. Results: We did not observe significant statistical differences among both measurements performed by the first examiner, both examiners and both methods in the assessment of the hiatal area; however, the measurements of the right pubovisceral muscle were significantly lower using OmniView®. The intra-observer reliability was good in the evaluation of all pelvic floor parameters; however, the inter-observer reliability was good only to the 3D rendering mode (CCC=0.87). The intra-observer agreement was good in the assessment of all pelvic floor parameters; however, the inter-observer agreement was found to be good only when 3DUS in the rendering mode was used (<±15%). Conclusion: Both 3D ultrasound in the rendering mode and OmniView® reformatting techniques were concordant in the assessment of pelvic floor parameters; however, the 3D ultrasound rendering in the mode demonstrated better inter-observer reliability and agreement.


Pelvic floor; nulliparous; rendering mode; three-dimensional ultrasound; omniView®

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