Transthoracic echocardiography

Miguel Ángel García Fernández and José Juan Gómez de Diego

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:
Transthoracic echocardiography

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The echocardiogram is an extremely useful and versatile technique that enables collection of all relevant information on morphology and function of the heart in a wide range of clinical situations.

Echocardiography has been pivotal in the development of modern cardiology and is an indispensable tool to effectively manage cardiological patients.

The echocardiogram is a highly operator-dependent technique in which the skills of the operator in achieving optimized images and adapting the study to the possible findings is simply fundamental.1 In this chapter we will review the technical aspects involved in achieving the images required for a standard echocardiographic examination.

Chapter.  9760 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Radiology

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