Clinical Applications of Contrast Echocardiography
One of the most recent revolutions of echocardiography has been the introduction of intravenous contrast agents for the optimization of echocardiographic imaging. This has proven to be of tremendous value, over and above the parallel improvement of equipment manufactured and new transducers capable of transmitting and receiving ultrasound at different frequencies. There are now clear recommendations by the American Society of Echocardiography jointly with the Europeans that regular use of intravenous contrast agents in echocardiography benefits image interpretation at rest and perhaps even more, during stress [1,2].
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