New technologies in stress echocardiography.

E. Picano, A. Varga, L. Pratali, O. Rodriguez, M. Morelos

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Stress echo has become the preferred theater where innovative technologies are first tested. The new technologies address, in different ways, various physiological targets: more quantitative assessment of the regional wall thickening (by anatomical M-mode); operator-independent assessment of global and regional systolic function (by anatomic boundary detection and color kinesis); tissue composition and physiologic state (by tissue characterization); transmural stratification of myocardial (subendocardial) function (by tissue Doppler imaging); more quantitative evaluation of contrast-enhanced myocardial perfusion (by harmonic imaging). All new emerging techniques aim to improve display and communication among physicians by translating the description of function into numbers and/or colors. However, cardiologists have to be aware that due the pro-technology bias of modern medicine, we, as physicians, are encouraged to trust, to use (and to buy) technologies far before their clinical incremental value has been shown.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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