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2nd Edition

Making Sense of Echocardiography
A Hands-on Guide, Second Edition

Edited By

Andrew R Houghton

ISBN 9781444163186
Published October 10, 2013 by CRC Press
352 Pages 150 Color Illustrations

USD $62.95

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Book Description

Echocardiography is one of the most useful and powerful diagnostic tools in the assessment of cardiac function. It remains a rapidly expanding modality, with new techniques constantly developing and maturing. Building on the success of the original work, the second edition of Making Sense of Echocardiography: A Hands-on Guide provides a timely, accessible overview for those learning echocardiography for the first time as well as an accessible handbook that experienced sonographers can refer to throughout their careers.

The strong clinical focus and concentration on real-life scenarios make this book especially relevant in day-to-day practice. New chapters in this edition discuss myocardial mechanics and speckle tracking and 3D echo. The book also contains significantly expanded and updated material on:

  • Contrast echocardiography
  • Tissue Doppler imaging
  • Intravascular ultrasound and epicardial echocardiography
  • The left ventricle and its systolic function
  • Left ventricular diastolic function
  • The left atrium

Supplying the latest guidelines and evidence-based clinical advice, this edition is also supplemented with new illustrations and an updated website. Fully updated key references for further reading are provided for each chapter. This accessible yet comprehensive text will ensure readers are up to date on the essentials in the field and can confidently integrate new procedures into their everyday practice.

Table of Contents

Essential Principles
History of Echocardiography
Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
Physics and Instrumentation
Doppler Physics
Service Provision
Cardiac Imaging Techniques
The Standard Transthoracic Echo Study
Transoesophageal Echo
Stress Echo
Contrast Echo
Tissue Doppler Imaging
Myocardial Mechanics and Speckle Tracking
3D Echo
Intravascular Ultrasound and Epicardial Echo
Alternative Cardiac Imaging Techniques
Clinical Cases
The Left Ventricle and Its Systolic Function
Coronary Artery Disease and Regional Left Ventricular Function
Left Ventricular Diastolic Function
The Left Atrium
The Aortic Valve
The Mitral Valve
The Right Heart
Heart Valve Repair and Replacement
The Cardiomyopathies
The Pericardium
The Aorta
Cardiac Masses
Congenital Heart Disease
Common Echo Requests

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Andrew Houghton MA(Oxon), DM, BM BCh, FRCP (Lond) Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Head of Echocardiography, Grantham and District Hospital, Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK


"… a hands-on guide to learning echocardiography. …provides a comprehensive approach for the echo trainee… This book not only covers the basics of echocardiography like physics, but also covers new technologies such as 3D echocardiography. …targeted at those clinicians learning echocardiography for the first time. … it can also serve as a useful reference for more seasoned echocardiographers."
—Christina Michael, MD, Ochsner Clinic Foundation