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Contrast echocardiography 

Contrast echocardiography
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Contrast echocardiography
Author(s):

Asrar Ahmed

, Leda Galiuto

, Mark Monaghan

, and Roxy Senior

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198726012.003.0008
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date: 07 April 2020

Contrast echocardiography is an established and widely used technique employing gas-filled ultrasound contrast agents for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, and contrast agents have become an integral part of a modern echocardiographic laboratory. Contrast echocardiography has been shown to improve diagnostic accuracy, reproducibility, and confidence across a range of indications with reduced downstream costs. Microbubble contrast agents now have a proven safety track record and it is imperative that through appropriate education and training, use of contrast is encouraged in day-to-day clinical and echocardiographic practice. This chapter discusses the basic principles of contrast echocardiography and reviews the utility of this technique in different clinical settings.

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