Assessment of Myocardial Blood Flow by Contrast Echocardiography: Experience at Baylor College of Medicine

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Abstract

We have developed a reliable computer program for quantitative evaluation of regional myocardial perfusion. This program can be used for short-axis as well as long-axis cross-sectional views. The ability of the different parameters derived from the time-intensity curves to assess quantitatively regional myocardial perfusion in humans is being evaluated at the present time. Our initial results in the clinical setting suggest that contrast echocardiography, using sonicated meglumine solution, appears to be safe and relatively easy to perform. In addition, measurements of peak contrast intensity provide a relative index of myocardial perfusion that can be used to evaluate regional coronary reserve in patients with coronary artery disease and may be of particular value in evaluating the immmediate effects of coronary angioplasty on myocardial perfusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-322
Number of pages6
JournalEchocardiography
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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