Contrast echocardiography 1996: A review

Hector R. Villarraga, David A. Foley, Sharon L. Mulvagh

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Remarkable advances in the field of contrast echocardiography have been made during the last decade. Interest in ultrasound contrast agents that strengthen the backscattered ultrasound signal and improve image display has stimulated further research. Echocardiographic contrast agents providing left ventricular cavity image enhancement after intravenous injection are now available. A role for contrast echocardiography in the assessment of myocardial perfusion has been established within the invasive clinical setting. With the development of newer contrast agents and new ultrasound technology, myocardial perfusion imaging using contrast echocardiography after venous injection is no longer the unattainable 'holy grail,' but is fast approaching clinical applicability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-97
Number of pages8
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996


  • Contrast media
  • coronary circulation
  • coronary disease/ultrasonography
  • echocardiography/methods
  • image enhancement/methods
  • injections, intravenous
  • ventricular function, left

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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