Features  |   September 2016
Overview of Newer Echocardiography/Ultrasound Technologies to Quantitate Cardiac Function
Author Affiliations
  • Nikolaos J. Skubas, M.D., DSc, FACC, FASE
    Committee on Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia
  • Andra E. Duncan, M.D., FASE
    Committee on Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia
  • Martin J. London, M.D.
    Committee on Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia
Article Information
Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Radiological and Other Imaging / Features
Features   |   September 2016
Overview of Newer Echocardiography/Ultrasound Technologies to Quantitate Cardiac Function
ASA Monitor 09 2016, Vol.80, 24-28.
ASA Monitor 09 2016, Vol.80, 24-28.
The practice of ultrasound is now ubiquitous in the perioperative environment. Echocardiography has “escaped” the confines of the cardiac O.R., and its teaching and practice are no longer limited to the cardiac anesthesiologist. There is wide access to stand-alone, echocardiographic platforms with full imaging capabilities as well as units small enough to fit inside the physician’s lab coat pocket. Consequently, the anesthesiologist/intensivist has the potential to evaluate cardiac function in any patient, at any time and place, from the preoperative assessment area to the operating theater and postoperative care units. With this comes the requirement for the acquisition of fundamental echocardiography concepts, which is increasingly incorporated into anesthesiology residency curriculae.1 
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