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Transthoracic echocardiography 

Transthoracic echocardiography
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Transthoracic echocardiography
Author(s):

Miguel Ángel García Fernández

and José Juan Gómez de Diego

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199599639.003.0002
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date: 22 August 2019

The echocardiogram is an extremely useful and versatile technique that enables collection of all relevant information on morphology and function of the heart in a wide range of clinical situations.

Echocardiography has been pivotal in the development of modern cardiology and is an indispensable tool to effectively manage cardiological patients.

The echocardiogram is a highly operator-dependent technique in which the skills of the operator in achieving optimized images and adapting the study to the possible findings is simply fundamental.1 In this chapter we will review the technical aspects involved in achieving the images required for a standard echocardiographic examination.

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