Minimum dataset published

The British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) is delighted to announce the publication of a new minimum dataset guideline.

This guideline outlines a structured approach to image acquisition and standardised measurement protocol for performing a standard adult transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE); it replaces all previous minimum datasets published by the BSE. This current guideline differs from the 2013 dataset by:

  • Describing recommendations for image optimisation and scan settings
  • Standardising measurement protocols with other BSE pathology-based guidelines
  • Providing new evidence-based recommendations for measurements made in atrial fibrillation
  • Making recommendations for left and right ventricular 3D and strain analysis

It is anticipated that this guideline will form the basis of every standard adult TTE and that the data/information acquired will be sufficient to diagnose normal cardiac anatomy, function and haemodynamics. When pathology is present, additional views are necessary and should be acquired according to the appropriate BSE guideline.

We hope that the recommendations made within this guideline will help standardise the local, regional and national practice of echocardiography, in addition to minimising the inter and intra-observer variation associated with echocardiographic measurement and interpretation. 

Lead author Mr Shaun Robinson, Consultant Clinical Scientist at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust said, "When creating this guideline, we recognised that the technological advances made in 3D and strain imaging over the past eight years have improved the reproducibility of these modalities and have widened the clinical application. We are therefore delighted to include recommendations for 3D and strain analysis alongside the updated recommendations for 2D and Doppler assessment, image optimisation and measurements in AF. We also recognise the complexity of present day echocardiography and the extent that the minimum dataset and pathology specific guidelines have evolved in recent years. We are pleased to include recommendations for appointment duration and methods by which departments can maximise machine capacity while maintaining quality. Finally, we hope that this update of the BSE minimum dataset will help standardise national practice and believe it will be an integral tool for all departments undertaking quality control processes."

Read the guideline