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The ankle brachial index.

The ankle brachial index is the best predictor of heart attack, stroke and mortality

An ABI reading of < 0.9, compared with the angiogram as the gold standard, has a sensitivity of up to 95% in identifying PAOD, and conversely rules out this condition in healthy people with a specificity of almost 100%.¹ The getABI study² shows that the prevalence of PAOD among individuals aged over 60 is 20%.

The method previously used to measure ABI was Doppler ultrasound, which is very time-consuming and only produces reliable results if the operator is highly experienced in the procedure. This means that vascular tests are normally only conducted at a point when an existing PAOD may already have led to symptomatic or asymptomatic cardiovascular conditions, even in high-risk groups such as smokers, diabetics or elderly people.

The boso ABI-system is a much simpler, faster and more accurate way of calculating this critical parameter, and it can therefore be performed as a routine check on every patient.

boso's ABI measurement system plugs an important gap in cardiovascular diagnosis.
A must for your day-to-day practice.


The boso ABI-system.

The boso ABI system offers doctors and patients many benefits
compared to the previous Doppler ultrasound method.

Early detection and routine check

In the past, tests were only carried out in cases of suspected disease, because the test was time-consuming and expensive. In addition, PAOD often was not detected early enough as it does not cause any symptoms for a long time. The boso ABI-system is an innovative and rapid way of measuring the ankle-brachial index (ABI). This allows to carry out this test on a large scale. It is a simple routine check which is also well accepted by patients because it only takes a few minutes and is also more reliable.

Accurate and time-saving

Ankle brachial index measurements taken with the boso ABI-system are more accurate and faster. An oscillometric blood pressure measurement is done in all four limbs simultaneously. With the old method the measurements were taken consecutively. Thus the new instrument saves time. Moreover it avoids incorrect readings due to blood pressure variability. Consequently the reproducibility of the ABI-readings is improved.

Delegation and cost saving

This test does not need to be performed by a doctor, taking up valuable time. As the boso ABI-system is so simple, no special experience is required. Other members of the healthcare staff can perform it. No specific preparation time is needed, and the ankle brachial index can be calculated in just a few minutes. The actual measuring time is only one minute. This saves precious time and it saves a considerable amount of money.

Software and health status

Previous test methods did not offer automatic assessment. The boso ABI-system uses a software offering several advantages. Once a reading has been taken, the results are automatically allocated to the selected patient. The system measures other important cardiovascular parameters in addition to the ABI and shows all data at one glimpse. The GDT interface allows data to be transferred to the doctor‘s DTP system.


The assessment.

The sophisticated software accurately calculates
ABI both on the left and on the right side.

Other important cardiovascular parameters are also measured, such as individual blood pressure readings in arms and legs, differences in blood pressure on different sides of the body (subclavian artery stenosis), pulse, pulse pressure, oscillation profile and pointers to possible cardiac dysrhythmia disorders. This information is easily identifiable as all critical values are highlighted in a different colours.


Pulse wave velocity.

Pulse wave velocity is an additional tool to diagnose PAOD and to measure arterial stiffness.

This measurement function is an optional extra with the boso ABI-system. It allows pulse wave velocity (ba) to be measured on both sides. Pulse wave velocity (cf) then is calculated from that result.

Screenshot of Software

Arterial stiffness increases with age and in response to other risk factors, especially classic cardiovascular risk factors. Increased arterial stiffness causes typical haemodynamic changes. The onset of hypertension in middle-aged and elderly individuals is closely linked to increased arterial stiffness.

Arterial stiffness readings provide useful information about the existence of functional arterial changes. Pulse wave velocity is a good predictor of the onset of cardiovascular disease. It is more accurate than classical risk parameters such as blood pressure and age.

For a better management of patients with hypertension, tests for arterial stiffness provide additional information about the cardiovascular risk. The recent guidelines published by the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) recommend the investigation of arterial function in the management of hypertensive patients.

A pulse wave velocity (cf) of 10 m/s is the threshold value for the manifestation of endorgan damage. Current hypertension guidelines state that low to normal systolic blood pressure is the therapeutic goal for these patients. In addition, a thorough cardiovascular assessment and consistent management of all cardiovascular risk factors is recommended.



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