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Handheld Ultrasound and Focused Cardiovascular Echography: Use and Information

Cardiology University of Perugia, 06156 Perugia, Italy
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Medicina 2019, 55(8), 423; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina55080423
Received: 22 May 2019 / Revised: 23 July 2019 / Accepted: 25 July 2019 / Published: 31 July 2019
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Abstract

The availability of miniaturized ultrasound machines has changed our approach to many cardiovascular diseases. Handheld ultrasound imaging can be performed at the bedside, it is easy to use, and the information provided, although limited, is of unquestionable importance for a quick diagnosis that leads to early treatment. They have unique characteristics: Low cost, wide availability, safety, accuracy, and can be used in different clinical scenarios and by operators with different backgrounds. Image acquisition and interpretation is rapid and provides, in each situation, useful information for diagnosis, prognosis, and clinical and therapeutic management. This review focuses on the use of handheld ultrasound devices, describes differences with other equipment, their limitations, and the numerous advantages derived from their use. View Full-Text
Keywords: handheld ultrasound devices; diagnostic imaging; echocardiography; ultrasonography; point-of-care testing; focused echography; echoscopy handheld ultrasound devices; diagnostic imaging; echocardiography; ultrasonography; point-of-care testing; focused echography; echoscopy
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Savino, K.; Ambrosio, G. Handheld Ultrasound and Focused Cardiovascular Echography: Use and Information. Medicina 2019, 55, 423.

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