Skip to main content

Echocardiography for the clinician: a practical update

Buy Article:

$51.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

Abstract

Echocardiography is the mainstay of cardiovascular diagnostics, and is the most performed test for the evaluation of cardiac function. Critical and costly management decisions are based on quantification of left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction. Recent advances in echocardiography, such as microsphere contrast echocardiography for left ventricular opacification and perfusion imaging, three-dimensional transthoracic and trans-oesophageal imaging, strain and tissue Doppler imaging, all contribute to improving accuracy and reproducibility of these important measurements. Such techniques are now routinely available on standard echocardiography equipment in Australian centres for daily use. Hand-carried ultrasound devices have been developed, which are portable, are affordable and offer increased availability of echocardiography to the wider community. Clinicians should be actively encouraged to adopt these technologies to improve the diagnostic quality and reproducability of echocardiography for our patients. This article provides an overview of important recent advances in echocardiographic imaging with an emphasis on their role in clinical practice today.

Keywords: 3-D; contrast; echocardiography; strain

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1445-5994.2010.02167.x

Publication date: July 1, 2010

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Partial Open Access Content
Partial Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more