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  CONTRAST ECHO: WHERE ARE WE NOW? 

Minerva Cardioangiologica 2011 October;59(5):479-90

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Contrast echo and perfusion stress (2D/3D): which role in clinical practice?

Gaibazzi N.

Imaging Lab, Cardiology Department, Parma University Hospital, Parma, Italy


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In this review we will clarify some key technical aspects of myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) but we will mostly address its potential clinical application during stress-echocardiography in today’s cardiology practice, according to the literature and to the author’s view. MCE is a bedside technique, it is cheap and has a very high diagnostic accuracy and safety. Nonetheless MCE use remains confined to the few echolabs which pioneered and developed the technique: Why is that? We here suggest a number of potential explanations for this research/clinical practice “mismatch”, and how to overcome it, putting MCE in its proper cardinal role among diagnostic methods in cardiology.

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