Ultrasonic Reflectivity of the Heart: A Measure of Fibrosis?

  • Michele Ciulla
  • Roberta Paliotti
  • Fabio Magrini
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 432)


The conventional echo image depicts at a relative low resolution the echo reflections from the various components of the myocardium, such as muscle fibers, capillaries and collagen strands, acting as diffuse reflectors. In normal conditions the resulting ultrasonic image texture of the myocardium is rather fine and homogeneous, and it is bordered by two thin echolucent lines corresponding to the wide endocardium-blood and epicardium-lung acoustic interfaces1.


Myocardial Fibrosis Ultra Sound Tissue Characterization Attenuation Property Collagen Volume Fraction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele Ciulla
    • 1
  • Roberta Paliotti
    • 1
  • Fabio Magrini
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro di Fisiologia Clinica e Ipertensione Istituto di Clinica Medica Generale e Terapia Medica Ospedale MaggioreUniversità di MilanoItaly
  2. 2.Cattedra di Medicina InternaC.L.O. Università di CagliariItaly

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