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Experience with an ultrasound stethoscope.
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PMID:  11781559     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: To test the diagnostic potential of the SonoHeart, a battery-powered hand-held ultrasound imaging device, in an outpatient clinic setting. METHODS: A total of 114 patients with a variety of cardiac diseases were examined by 2 independent cardiologists with the hand-held device using the standard echocardiographic system (SE) as a reference. Global right ventricular (RV) and left ventricular (LV) function (scored as normal, mildly to moderately, or severely reduced) and internal cavity dimensions were assessed. Regional wall motion of 6 segments using a 2-point score (1 = normal wall motion, 2 = abnormal wall motion) was evaluated in 34 patients on-line. RESULTS: There was a good agreement between the 2 imaging devices for evaluation of global LV (93%) and RV function (99%), regional wall motion (90%), dimensions of the LV (99%) and the RV (99%), and the left (96%) and right atria (99%). Furthermore, SonoHeart identified hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, pericardial effusion, and abnormalities of valves. CONCLUSION: The SonoHeart device allows rapid and accurate diagnosis, whenever needed in the outpatient clinic.
Eleni C Vourvouri; Don Poldermans; Johan De Sutter; Fabiola B Sozzi; Paolo Izzo; Jos R T C Roelandt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0894-7317     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Soc Echocardiogr     Publication Date:  2002 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-08     Completed Date:  2002-02-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8801388     Medline TA:  J Am Soc Echocardiogr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  80-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Thoraxcenter, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Echocardiography / instrumentation*
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Atria / ultrasonography
Heart Diseases / complications,  diagnosis
Heart Ventricles / ultrasonography
Middle Aged
Observer Variation
Thrombosis / complications,  diagnosis
Ventricular Function / physiology

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