The future of echocardiography
Thomas H Marwick
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2009
Echocardiography has become an integral part of modern cardiology, and parameters measured by echocardiography are enshrined in guidelines as components of clinical decision-making in the management of heart failure, valve disease and arrhythmias. This review will explore four modalities which will underpin the future of echocardiography - the hand-held machine, quantification, three-dimensional imaging, and contrast. Finally, we will explore the implications of the new financial milieu for the selection of cardiac imaging modalities.
Supported in part by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Canberra, Australia.