Contrast Echocardiography in Clinical Practice, Volume 1

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2004 - Medical - 286 pages
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Echocardiography has now reached its maturity and plays a key role in the clinical assessment of cardiac function. However, its ability to assess myocardial perfusion remains a clinical challenge.

Myocardial contrast echocardiography is a technique that uses microbubbles. These microbubbles remain entirely within the intravascular space and their presence in any myocardial region denotes the status of microvascular perfusion within that region. During the last few years, a large number of research studies have been dedicated to this topic. The latest developments in echocardiographic techniques and second-generation contrast agents allow for the potential assessment of myocardial perfusion and provide an accurate endocardial border delineation.

In the present book, these new echocardiographic techniques dedicated to the assessment of myocardial perfusion are described in detail by experts from both sides of the Atlantic. Tips and tricks are included, explaining the basic concepts that are needed to understand and perform contrast echocardiography.


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The Physiological Basis of Coronary Circulation
Microbubbles Basic Principles
Organization of the Contrast Echocardiography Laboratory Tips and Tricks
Quantification Methods in Contrast Echocardiography
Clinical Application of Quantitative Analysis in Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography
Contrast Echocardiography for Left Ventricular Opacification
Coronary Flow Reserve and Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography
Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography in the Assessment of Patients with Chronic Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography and Inflammatory Response
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging During Stress Using Contrast Echocardiography
Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography in Acute Myocardial Infarction
Can Echocardiography Provide Combined Assessment of Left Ventricular Function and Myocardial Perfusion?
From a Toy with Lots of Potential to a Useful Clinical Tool The Oxford Way of Doing Contrast Echocardiography
Clinical Application of Contrast Echocardiography in Critically Ill Patients
Therapeutic Application of Ultrasound Contrast Agents

Myocardial Viability Comparison with Other Imaging Techniques

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