© 2009


  • Petros Nihoyannopoulos
  • Joseph Kisslo
  • Extensive authoritative practical clinical primer in echocardiography


Table of contents

  1. Ventricular Disorders and Ischemic Disease

    1. Thomas Marwick
      Pages 325-350
    2. Jean-Louis J. Vanoverschelde, Agnès Pasquet, Bernhard Gerber, Jacques A. Melin
      Pages 351-365
    3. Otto Kamp, Cees A. Visser
      Pages 367-383
    4. Daniel Monakier, Harry Rakowski
      Pages 385-397
    5. Petros Nihoyannopoulos
      Pages 399-434
    6. Partho Sengupta, Bijoy K. Khandheria
      Pages 435-445
    7. Petros Nihoyannopoulos
      Pages 447-461
  2. Masses, Emboli and Trauma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 464-464
    2. William Smith, David Adams, Joseph Kisslo
      Pages 465-471
    3. Ayan R. Patel, Stefano De Castro, Natesa G. Pandian
      Pages 473-487
    4. Patrick J. Nash, Ronan J. Curtin, Allan L. Klein
      Pages 489-510
  3. Congenital Heart Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 512-512
    2. George A. Pantely, Michael A. Gatzoulis
      Pages 513-524
    3. Marcy L. Schwartz, Gerald R. Marx
      Pages 525-539
    4. Kate M. English, John L. Gibbs
      Pages 541-565
  4. Special Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 568-568
    2. William J. Stewart, Robert M. Savage
      Pages 569-579
    3. Mark J. Monaghan
      Pages 581-601
    4. J. R. T. C. Roelandt
      Pages 603-618
    5. Eleni C. Vourvouri, Jos R. T. C. Roelandt
      Pages 619-636

About this book


Echocardiography has expanded greatly to become a sub-specialty in cardiology in its own right. From the original M-mode modality of 50 years ago, it has evolved into a complex multimodality method for evaluating and quantifying cardiovascular lesions. In addition, the entire spectrum of hemodynamic assessment of the heart can now be performed noninvasively using echocardiography alone. Transesophageal echocardiography has added to the clarity of imaging and proved to be extremely helpful In valve surgery. Lately, three-dimensional echocardiography has added a new dimension and helped the understanding of cardiac anatomy and pathology in real time. Finally, deformation imaging and assessment of myocardial perfusion completes the global assessment of the heart by echocardiography by looking at the various contraction and perfusion patterns in patients with coronary artery disease at rest and during stress.

Echocardiography highlights the clinical utility of these evolving modalities that are now crucial to the renaissance of echocardiography. Thus it provides a thorough clinical review of this most revealing and adaptable methods of imaging a patient. The Editors and their world-class group of contributors have created an essential reference for all who use echocardiography in the practice.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Petros Nihoyannopoulos
    • 1
  • Joseph Kisslo
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. CardiologyHammersmith HospitalLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Medical CenterDuke UniversityDurhamU.S.A.

About the editors

Dr Petros Nihoyannopoulos is Reader in Cardiology, at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College School of Medicine and Technology (University of London) and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist Hammersmith Hospital, UK. He is a fully trained clinical cardiologist having completed medical studies in Strasbourg-France in 1979. He is now Head of Echocardiography laboratories at Hammersmith Hospital.

Dr Nihoyannopoulos has developed the Hammersmith Echocardiology laboratory to the highest international standards to accommodate the ever increasing clinical demand but also to the highest national teaching center for echocardiology. He organizes both a clinical echocardiography service department with comprehensive technical support and a research unit which annually trains 5-6 post-graduate students from all over the world. At present, he has trained over 50 doctors and technicians from all over Europe in the art of echocardiology. His main research interest is in the use of echocardiography and Doppler techniques in clinical practice. To this end he leads the echocardiography laboratory at the Hammersmith Hospital in the following specific areas: stress echocardiography to assess wall motion in patients with syndrome X; the development of a three-dimensional ultrasound model of the thoracic aorta in health and disease; the use of contrast echocardiography for enhanced doppler signal and improved endocardial border detection and myocardial perfusion at rest and during stress; intravascular ultrasound system to compare imaging with histological plaque appearances.

Dr Joseph Kisslo is Professor of Medicine at Duke University, Durham, NC USA. Dr. Kisslo's research has centered around the development and initial application of new ultrasound imaging devices. Focussed principally on morphologic diagnosis in the early years, the work has become progressively more physiologic in its orientation.

After more than two decades there are now 300 original research papers, several textbooks and other materials. Dr. Kisslo has distinguished himself as the first to use phased array ultrasound imaging in the human body and, accordingly, was the first to describe most of the disease for which the technique is now commonplace. He was very early into the applications of Doppler color flow imaging and transesophageal imaging with ultrasound. He has served as an officer or on the Board of a variety of national and international bodies. He was one of the first Presidents of the American Society of Echocardiography. He reviews in all aspects of cardiac imaging, but principally echocardiography.

Over the past 15 years he has also had a keen interest in medical economics and has served on various professional and governmental boards in describing medical costs and dealing with medical economics. More recently, he has taken interest in adult re-education through remote learning means (telemedicine) and has become the Clinical Director of Telemedicine at Duke. He is Executive Producer of the world's largest telemedicine program (Echo in Context) which has run for the past 14 years. This was the first educational event to circumnavigate the globe live.

He is a frequent scientific and motivational lecturer to scientific organizations and industry. He serves as advisor to several governmental and industrial organizations.

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