Cardiac ultrasound has rapidly developed into one of the most important clinical methods for diagnosis and follow-up of patients with heart disease and has changed the practice of cardiology permanently. In addition to improving image quality, most of the progress relies on digital image acquisition, storage, and quantitative analysis equipment. Automatic endocardial detection and three- dimensional reconstruction are now being developed. The progress with contrast echocardiography for myocardial perfusion imaging and results with tissue characterization is slow, but ever increasing, illustrating that the full potential of the method has not yet been explored. All of these digital techniques are extensively dealt with in this volume. Computerized tools will help the clinical cardiologists in their daily practice and stimulate further development to gen- uinely improve patient care in the coming years. We wish to thank the authors to this volume for their excellent contribution and Mrs. T. van der Kolk for secretarial assistance. IX Contributors F. J. ten Cate Thorax Center, Erasmus University, P. O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands R.
Erbel II Medical Clinic, Johannes Gutenberg University, Langenbeckstr. 1, P. O. Box 3960, D-6500 Mainz, FRG Co-authors: R. Zotz, B. Henkel, G. Schreiner, C. Steuernagel, R. Zahn, H. Kopp, W. Clas, R. Brennecke, P. Schweizer, J. Meyer S. B. Feinstein Division of Cardiology, Box 44, University of Chicago, 950 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA D. G. Gibson Department of Cardiology, Brompton Hospital, Fulham Road, London SW3 6HP, UK Co-author: R. B. Logan Sinclair E.
` .. we recommend this book as a valuable addition to the library of anyone who has a particular interest in twodimensional echocardiography. '
American of Journal of Roentgenology, 1988
One: Contrast Echocardiography.- 1. Developments in echo contrast agents.- 2. Quantitative radiofrequency analysis of sonicated echo contrast agents.- 3. Computer techniques in contrast echocardiography.- 4. Myocardial contrast 2-dimensional echocardiography: analysis of myocardial perfusion.- 5. Quantitative contrast echocardiography: what can the practicing cardiologist expect?.- Two: Tissue Characterization.- 6. Quantitative acoustic characterization of the myocardium.- 7. Clinical approaches to echocardiographic tissue characterization.- Three: Left Ventricular Function.- 8. Automatic contour finding and digital subtraction technique in 2-dimensional echocardiography.- 9. Digitised M-modes: the clinical yield.- 10. Reliability and accuracy of echocardiography for follow-up studies after intervention.- 11. Real-time, orthogonal cardiac imaging.- Index of subjects.