Clinical and economic outcomes assessment with myocardial contrast echocardiography.

@article{Shaw1999ClinicalAE,
  title={Clinical and economic outcomes assessment with myocardial contrast echocardiography.},
  author={Leslee J. Shaw and Mark Monaghan and P Nihoyannopolous},
  journal={Heart},
  year={1999},
  volume={82 Suppl 3},
  pages={III16-21}
}
Routine two dimensional echocardiography is one of the most commonly performed noninvasive tests in the USA and Europe. Key subsets of patients who undergo echocardiography are prone to having a suboptimal image, including obese patients, those with impaired pulmonary function, and elderly patients. A number of reviews have estimated that, on average, 10–15% of all routine echocardiograms are suboptimal. Ultrasound contrast agents that have been approved for use in Europe and the USA for… CONTINUE READING

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