Organization of the Contrast Echocardiography Laboratory: Tips and Tricks

  • Teresa López Fernández
  • Esther Pérez David
  • Mar Moreno Yangüela
  • José Luis Zamorano
  • Miguel Angel García Fernández


Recently, developments and advances have been made in echocardiography so as to improve the diagnostic evaluation of car diac structures and function. Among these new innovations during the last decade, the use of contrast echocardiography (CE) has gained great interest because it can provide, non-invasively, new information about coronary microcirculation and myocardial perfusion. Started in 1968, with the use of handagitated saline as a source of ultrasonic contrast, CE was based on the concept of creating a gas-blood interface for enhancement of blood within the heart [1]. By injecting small amounts of physiologically safe microbubbles for visualization of tissues and chambers, a new level of physiological imaging has been developed.


Contrast Agent Myocardial Perfusion Myocardial Blood Flow Coronary Flow Reserve Mechanical Index 


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  • Teresa López Fernández
  • Esther Pérez David
  • Mar Moreno Yangüela
  • José Luis Zamorano
  • Miguel Angel García Fernández

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