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Clinical applications of left ventricular opacification.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20159646     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The significant advances made in ultrasound microbubble technology now permits reliable, reproducible left ventricular opacification, and this review reiterates the evidence that has shown contrast echocardiography to be clinically effective, to reduce downstream costs and to spare patients further, potentially hazardous investigations. Despite the evidence and the advances, there remains ambivalence towards the administration of contrast agents in echocardiography laboratories throughout the world, particularly in the performance of rest studies. Therefore, this review also addresses some of the reasons for the suboptimal uptake of contrast agents and encourages physicians, sonographers, and accreditatory bodies to adopt a different approach towards the difficult-to-image patient.
Navtej S Chahal; Roxy Senior
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  JACC. Cardiovascular imaging     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1876-7591     ISO Abbreviation:  JACC Cardiovasc Imaging     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-17     Completed Date:  2010-05-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101467978     Medline TA:  JACC Cardiovasc Imaging     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  188-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2010 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Cardiology, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Contrast Media / diagnostic use*,  economics
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Echocardiography* / economics
Evidence-Based Medicine
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Heart Ventricles / physiopathology,  ultrasonography*
Physician's Practice Patterns
Predictive Value of Tests
Reproducibility of Results
Stroke Volume
Ventricular Function, Left*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contrast Media

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