Clinical application and laboratory protocols for performing contrast echocardiography

Chong, Adrian, Haluska, Brian and Wahi, Sudhir (2013) Clinical application and laboratory protocols for performing contrast echocardiography. Indian Heart Journal, 65 3: 337-346. doi:10.1016/j.ihj.2013.04.002

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Author Chong, Adrian
Haluska, Brian
Wahi, Sudhir
Title Clinical application and laboratory protocols for performing contrast echocardiography
Journal name Indian Heart Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0019-4832
2213-3763
Publication date 2013-05
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.ihj.2013.04.002
Open Access Status
Volume 65
Issue 3
Start page 337
End page 346
Total pages 10
Place of publication New Delhi, India
Publisher Cardiological Society of India
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Technically difficult echocardiographic studies with suboptimal images remain a significant challenge in clinical practice despite advances in imaging technologies over the past decades. Use of microbubble ultrasound contrast for left ventricular opacification and enhancement of endocardial border detection during rest or stress echocardiography has become an essential component of the operation of the modern echocardiography laboratory. Contrast echocardiography has been demonstrated to improve diagnostic accuracy and confidence across a range of indications including quantitative assessment of left ventricular systolic function, wall motion analysis, and left ventricular structural abnormalities. Enhancement of Doppler signals and myocardial contrast echocardiography for perfusion remain off-label uses. Implementation of a contrast protocol is feasible for most laboratories and both physicians and sonographers will require training in contrast specific imaging techniques for optimal use. Previous concerns regarding the safety of contrast agents have since been addressed by more recent data supporting its excellent safety profile and overall cost-effectiveness.
Keyword Contrast echocardiography
Laboratory protocols
Ultrasound settings
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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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