Show Summary Details
Page of

Hand-held echocardiography 

Hand-held echocardiography
Chapter:
Hand-held echocardiography
Author(s):

Denis Pellerin

, Nuno Cardim

, and Christian Prinz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198726012.003.0009
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 24 October 2020

Pocket-size hand-held echocardiography (PHE) is low cost, portable, user friendly, and battery powered. Studies using PHE do not replace conventional echo studies and do not provide a complete diagnostic echocardiographic examination. PHE should be used for goal-oriented studies that include assessment of left ventricular (LV) cavity size, LV systolic function, detection of pericardial effusion, and haemodynamic compromise. Examinations using PHE have been demonstrated to be feasible and provide additional information to the physical examination. For potential users other than cardiology experts in echocardiography the accuracy of PHE data highly depends on training and competency. Emphasis must be placed on acquisition of good quality images and knowledge of pitfalls and limitations. The challenge is providing efficient training programmes to ensure competency in performing focused studies and have recognition of an appropriate threshold for seeking expert advice and full echo examination. PHE is a useful teaching tool and provides important complementary information for medical education.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.