100 Challenges in Echocardiography


  • Christophe Klimczak, MD, PhD, Cardiologist and Hospital Practitioner, CHU Paris-VI (Pierre & Marie Curie), Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris; and Hôpital Charles-Foix, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
  • Petros Nihoyannopoulos, MD, FRCP, FACC, FESC, Consultant Cardiologist, Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK; President, European Association of Echocardiography of the ESC

This book offers both experienced cardiologists and trainees alike the opportunity to identify and address the most common pitfalls encountered with echocardiology in routine clinical practice. The book covers a series of challenges ranging from technical difficulties to problems with echocardiographic interpretation with each section presenting a series of simulations to test the reader's understanding of the problem. The text is written in a highly practical and didactic style which will help the busy physician by presenting the information in a succinct, 'essentials only' manner. The heavy use of high-quality illustrations serves to ensure that the concepts explained are supported by real-life examples and thus readily applicable to the clinical setting.
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Cardiologists in training and qualified
Cardiac technicians


Book information

  • Published: January 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-06927-7

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 – Technical Pitfalls
The physical limitations of echocardiography
Ultrasound artefacts
Patient hypoechogenicity
Problems due to adjustments of the machine settings
Other technical pitfalls

SECTION 2 – Diagnostic Pitfalls
Cardiac valves
Cardiac walls
Cardiac chambers
Systolic and diastolic function of the ventricles
Pulmonary arterial pressures
Thoracic aorta