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
This section of our website is a mix of information
you can use in your daily practice, along with news about cutting-edge diagnostic
and therapeutic techniques..
We welcome suggestions for future content
or other ways we can improve understanding of cardiovascular conditions.
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Facts - Questions & Answers
(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
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
Facts - Questions & Answers
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.
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Exam Importance & Demonstration
minute presentation about the importance and a demonstration of how to perform
an ABI test. PLAY
Sound Tutorial that tests your auscultation skills. Extra sounds, diastolic
and systolic murmurs in recordings of actual patients PLAY
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Articles - Featured articles that pertain
to cardiovascular diseases and treatment.
Index - (ABI) result is used to predict
the severity of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Thickness -(IMT), also called intimal
medial thickness, is a measurement of the thickness of artery walls to track
the progression of atherosclerotic disease.
Risk - Framingham coronary prediction
algorithm provides estimates of total CHD risk.
Is Diastolic Dysfunction - Patient
Information - explains the process of loss of elasticity that causes stiffening
of the heart and how it can be treated.