Handbook of Contrast Echocardiography: Left Ventricular Function and Myocardial Perfusion

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Jun 27, 2000 - Medical - 184 pages
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Although the technology required for the successful application of contrast echo cardiography has evolved rapidly over the past few years, the technique has not yet gained widespread clinical acceptance. One important reason for the lack of clinical acceptance is the relative complexity of the technique, particularly in respect to myocardial perfusion imaging. The interaction between micro bubbles and ultrasound is an entire field by itselú as is the coronary microvasculature. It is in this regard that practicing echocardiographers, cardiologists in training, radiologists, so no graphers, and students will find 'A Handbook of Contrast Echocardiography' particularly useful. Written by two leaders in the field who have presented illustrative cases not only from their own laboratories but also from others around the world, this volume is a lucid, concise, and practical guide for the day-to-day use of contrast echocardiography. Dr Peter Burns has been involved in almost all the technical advances in the imaging methods that have made it possible to detect opacification of the left ventricular cavity and myocardium from a venous injection of microbubbles. He has been responsible to a large degree for advancing our understanding of the interaction between micro bubbles and ultrasound, which he describes in clear and easy to understand terms in this book. Dr Harald Becher has been active in the clincal application of contrast echocardiography for several years and has gained considerable experience with many imaging techniques and microbubbles, which he describes in this volume in some detail.

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Contents

Chapter 2
47
Assessment of Myocardial Perfusion by Contrast Echo
81
Chapter 4
153
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Paul Leeson studied medicine at St. Andrews and Cambridge before moving to Oxford for specialist training in cardiology. His sub-specialty interest is in cardiovascular imaging. While in Cambridge he completed an MB/PHD programme and, during early clinical training undertook post-doctoral research
at University College London. He is now a British Heart Foundation Fellow at the University of Oxford with a clinical research programme that uses ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging to study the development of cardiovascular disease. He is co-author of three Oxford Specialist Handbooks in
Cardiology covering echocardiography, pacing and angiography. Dr. Mitchell is Consultant Cardiologist in Jersey, Channel Islands and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Dr. Mitchell has special interests in non-invasive imaging, with particular expertise in
transoesophageal and intracardiac echocardiography. His other interests include the role of device therapy for arrythmia management. Dr. Mitchell is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC). Dr. Harald Becher is a Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, specialising in
echocardiograms. Dr. Becher is also a professor of Cardiac Ultrasound for the University of Oxford.

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