Welcome to SonoNet's Cardiovascular Ultrasound OnLine Educational Resource. As the name connotes, this area of our site will provide additional information and resources related to topics in Cardiovascular Ultrasound as well as other medical resources.

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Echocardiogram Facts - Questions & Answers

What Is Ultrasound
Ultrasound (US) imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. Ionizing radiation (x-rays) are not involved in ultrasound imaging.
Ultrasound is a useful examination tool for many of the body's internal organs, including the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, and enable physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions.
Echocardiogram Facts - Questions & Answers
Q: What is an echocardiogram?
A: An echocardiogram is a safe, non-invasive procedure used to diagnose cardiovascular disease. By using echocardiography to visualize anatomy, structure, and function, doctors can quickly diagnose the presence and severity of heart valve problems, or determine abnormal flow within the heart which occurs with congenital heart disease. An echocardiogram provides your doctor with a non-invasive window to your heart, and enables a cardiologist along with your doctor to diagnose a number of cardiovascular diseases and prescribe proper treatment.

Q. How does it work?
A: Echocardiograms reflect high-frequency sound waves directly off the heart tissue to create images of its structure: its four chambers, heart valves, the great blood vessels entering and leaving the heart, as well as the sac around the heart.

What is Ultrasound
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ABI Exam Importance & Demonstration
5 minute presentation about the importance and a demonstration of how to perform an ABI test. PLAY
Heart Sounds
Heart Sound Tutorial that tests your auscultation skills. Extra sounds, diastolic and systolic murmurs in recordings of actual patients PLAY
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Featured Articles - Featured articles that pertain to cardiovascular diseases and treatment.
Ankle-Brachial Index - (ABI) result is used to predict the severity of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Intima-Medial Thickness -(IMT), also called intimal medial thickness, is a measurement of the thickness of artery walls to track the progression of atherosclerotic disease.
Framingham Risk - Framingham coronary prediction algorithm provides estimates of total CHD risk.
What Is Diastolic Dysfunction - Patient Information - explains the process of loss of elasticity that causes stiffening of the heart and how it can be treated.

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