|Kuntz-Hehner St et al.|
Assessment of Myocardial Perfusion by Contrast Echocardiography - Ready for Clinical Practice?
Journal of Clinical and Basic Cardiology 2002; 5 (2): 145-148
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Keywords: Echokardiographie, Kontrastmittel, Koronare Herzkrankheit, myokardiale Kontrast-Echokardiographie, Myokardperfusion, coronary artery disease, echocardiography, myocardial contrast echocardiography, myocardial perfusion, ultrasound contrast agent
Increasing interest has been focused on myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) since latest ultrasound-specific imaging modalities allow the detection of ultrasound contrast agents within the myocardium after intravenous injection. Due to significant improvements in imaging technology MCE has become a valuable add-on tool for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. This review summarizes and estimates the clinical value of recent developments in myocardial contrast echocardiography, particularly with regard to the new real-time perfusion imaging, which allows simultaneous assessment of perfusion and wall-motion.