• Measurement of Doppler segmental arterial pressures in the lower extremity using narrow pneumatic cuffs has become a standard noninvasive diagnostic technique. Correlation between arteriographic and noninvasive studies was available for 345 aortoiliac segments and 326 femoropopliteal segments. If stenoses of 50% or greater and occlusions were considered hemodynamically significant, the sensitivity to aortoiliac disease was 97%, but only 67% to femoropopliteal disease. The specificity for hemodynamically insignificant disease was 50% and 68%, respectively. Accuracy was influenced by the presence of associated aortoiliac or femoropopliteal disease. The sensitivity to hemodynamically significant femoropopliteal disease was 55% if there was associated aortoiliac disease, and 89% in its absence. In the presence of significant femoropopliteal disease, specificity for the absence of aortoiliac disease decreased from 70% to 41%.
(Arch Surg 1984;119:465-467)