Endocardial resolution during 2-dimensional echocardiography is technically limited in at least 10% to 15% of patients. Recently, several ultrasound imaging innovations have been introduced that may improve endocardial resolution and decrease the proportion of technically difficult studies. This study compares tissue harmonic imaging, intravenous sonicated albumin, and Doppler myocardial imaging in patients with technically difficult echocardiograms. Twenty-eight patients with known or suspected cardiac disease and poor baseline endocardial resolution were studied. Only harmonic imaging (conventional and optimized for tissue) was superior to baseline fundamental imaging (p <0.001). Harmonic imaging was superior to baseline imaging in all myocardial regions and in the majority of patients, including those with the worst baseline studies.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine