Echocardiography for Intensivists

  • Armando Sarti
  • F. Luca Lorini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Ultrasound and Use of the Echo Machine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dionisio F. Colella, Paolo Prati, Armando Sarti
      Pages 3-18
  3. Standard Echocardiographic Examination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Armando Sarti, Simone Cipani, Costanza Innocenti
      Pages 21-39
    3. F. Luca Lorini, Carlo Sorbara, Sergio Cattaneo
      Pages 51-59
    4. Mauro Pepi, Gloria Tamborini
      Pages 61-72
  4. Essential Functional Echo-Anatomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Armando Sarti, Claudio Poli, Silvia Marchiani
      Pages 75-90
    3. Luigi Tritapepe, Vincenzo De Santis, Massimo Pacilli
      Pages 91-97
    4. Luigi Tritapepe, Francesca Pompei, Claudio Di Giovanni
      Pages 99-104
    5. F. Luca Lorini, Stefania Cerutti, Giovanni Didedda
      Pages 105-112
    6. Luigi Tritapepe, Domenico Vitale, Roberto Arzilla
      Pages 113-120
    7. Massimo Milli
      Pages 121-124
    8. F. Luca Lorini, Marialuigia Dello Russo, Elena Pagani
      Pages 125-131
    9. F Luca Lorini, Alessandra Rizza, Francesco Ferri
      Pages 133-141
    10. Lorenzo Grazioli, F. Luca Lorini, Angelo Vavassori
      Pages 143-149
    11. Ilaria Nicoletti, Carla Avallato, Alessandro Locatelli
      Pages 151-164
    12. Irene Betti
      Pages 165-170

About this book


Echocardiography has become an invaluable tool in intensive care medicine because of its ease of use and instantaneous provision of precise information on cardiovascular functional anatomy at the bedside. This book contains all the information that readers will require in order to perform echocardiography and lung ultrasound, and to interpret the findings correctly, permitting optimal guidance of the hemodynamic management of unstable patients. Furthermore, lung ultrasound is dealt with for both diagnosis and treatment of respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation.


After an introductory chapter on the essential physics of ultrasonography, standard echocardiographic examination via both the transthoracic and the transesophageal approach is described. In the third section, the functional anatomy of all normal and pathologic thoracic structures as observed on echocardiography is presented in detail. A wide range of basic and advanced applications of echocardiography in the emergency and intensive care setting are then described. A final supplementary section considers further applications of ultrasound in the intensive care unit, such as ultrasound-guided vein cannulation, Doppler renal evaluation, transcranial Doppler, and lung and pleural ultrasound.


This superbly illustrated book has been specifically designed to meet the needs of all intensivists, emergency physicians, and anesthesiologists who intend to use ultrasound extensively to guide optimal management of the critically ill.


Critical Care Echocardiography Intensive Care Ultrasound

Editors and affiliations

  • Armando Sarti
    • 1
  • F. Luca Lorini
    • 2
  1. 1.Ospedale Santa Maria Nuova, Reparto di Terapia IntensivaAzienda Sanitaria di FirenzeFirenzeItaly
  2. 2., Dipartimento di Anestesia e RianimazioneAz. Osp. Ospedali Riuniti di BergamoBergamoItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-2582-0
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-2583-7
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