Journal article

Contrast and harmonic imaging improves accuracy and efficiency of novice readers for dobutamine stress echocardiography

I Vlassak, DN Rubin, JA Odabashian, MJ Garcia, LM King, SS Lin, JK Drinko, AJ Morehead, DL Prior, CR Asher, AL Klein, JD Thomas

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY-A JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR ULTRASOUND AND ALLIED TECHNIQUES | FUTURA PUBL CO | Published : 2002

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Newer contrast agents as well as tissue harmonic imaging enhance left ventricular (LV) endocardial border delineation, and therefore, improve LV wall-motion analysis. Interpretation of dobutamine stress echocardiography is observer-dependent and requires experience. This study was performed to evaluate whether these new imaging modalities would improve endocardial visualization and enhance accuracy and efficiency of the inexperienced reader interpreting dobutamine stress echocardiography. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty-nine consecutive patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease underwent dobutamine stress echocardiography. Both fundamental (2.5 MHZ) and harmonic (1.7 a..

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