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Making Sense of Echocardiography

A Hands-on Guide, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

Edited by Andrew R Houghton

CRC Press

352 pages | 150 Color Illus.

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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.


"… 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

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


About the Editor

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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Cardiology
MEDICAL / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine