The Conduct of Medical Consultations in an Echocardiography Unit
Echocardiography is a technique for producing images of the human heart with ultrasound. First applied as a scanning device for submarine detection during the First World War, ultrasound evolved rapidly under the impetus supplied by parallel developments in radar. This led to the application of ultrasound to medical ‘imaging’. In the 1950s it was used to generate physiological patterns rather than true pictures of the heart: the interpretation of the signals required a thorough knowledge of cardiological anatomy and physiology. Development of ultrasound accelerated again in the 1960s with production of two-dimensional pictures of ‘slices’ of body organs, but it was several years before the technique could be extended to the beating heart.
KeywordsMedical Consultation City Hospital Mitral Valve Prolapse Beating Heart Heart Murmur
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