The general principles of echocardiography

Madalina Garbi

in The EAE Textbook of Echocardiography

Published on behalf of © European Society of Cardiology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599639
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199602209 | DOI:
The general principles of             echocardiography

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Knowledge of basic ultrasound principles and current echocardiography technology features is essential for image interpretation and for optimal use of equipment during image acquisition and post-processing.

Echocardiography uses ultrasound waves to generate images of cardiovascular structures and to display information regarding the blood flow through these structures.

The present chapter starts by presenting the physics of ultrasound and the construction and function of instruments. Image formation, optimization, display, presentation, storage, and communication are explained. Advantages and disadvantages of available imaging modes (M-mode, 2D, 3D) are detailed and imaging artefacts are illustrated. The biological effects of ultrasound and the need for quality assurance are discussed.

Chapter.  6167 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Radiology

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