Introduction to echocardiography

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The use of ultrasound to provide noninvasive evaluation of cardiac structure and function was a revolutionary advancement in cardiac care in the late 20th century. Today, echocardiography allows for detailed serial examinations of: (1) heart development; (2) cardiac structure and function; and (3) changes in normal physiologic states and pathologic conditions. The goals of this chapter are to: (1) provide the reader with a brief overview of the types of echocardiography in clinical use today; (2) review the basic physical principles that underlie this clinical tool; and (3) demonstrate how echocardiography can be used to assess cardiac structure and function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781588294432
StatePublished - 2005

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  • 2D imaging
  • Color Doppler flow mapping
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • Echocardiography
  • M-mode echocardiography
  • Tissue Doppler imaging
  • Transabdominal echocardiography
  • Transthoracic echocardiography
  • Transvaginal echocardiography
  • Ultrasound imaging


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