A hand-carried cardiac ultrasound device in the outpatient cardiology clinic reduces the need for standard echocardiography.

@article{Trambaiolo2007AHC,
  title={A hand-carried cardiac ultrasound device in the outpatient cardiology clinic reduces the need for standard echocardiography.},
  author={Paolo Trambaiolo and Federica Papetti and Alfredo Posteraro and Elisabetta Amici and Mara Piccoli and Elena Cerquetani and Guglielmo Pastena and Giancarlo Gambelli and Alessandro Salustri},
  journal={Heart},
  year={2007},
  volume={93 4},
  pages={
          470-5
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To assess the potential value and cost-effectiveness of a hand-carried ultrasound (HCU) device in an outpatient cardiology clinic. METHODS 222 consecutive patients were prospectively enrolled in the study. When standard echocardiography (SE) was specifically indicated on the basis of clinical history, electrocardiogram and physical examination, the same cardiologist (level-2 or level-3 trained) immediately performed an HCU examination. The cardiologist then reassessed the clinical… CONTINUE READING
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