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[Myocardial contrast echocardiography]


SEPTEMBER 29, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(09)

[Symptoms of ischemic heart disease will occur when myocardial perfusion diminishes below a critical level. Coronarography will disclose the anatomic stenoses, but there is no direct correlation between the grade of stenosis and the change of myocardial perfusion. Myocardial contrast echocardiography is a new technique to analyze the myocardial perfusion. The contrast agent contains micro bubbles which have nearly the same dimensions as red blood cells. The microbubbles increase the „whiteness" of the perfused myocardium during the echocardiographic examinations. The change in „whiteness" of the myocardium correlates with myocardial perfusion. Intracoronary injections delineate the perfusion area of the coronary artery, and Thus the coronary flow reserve and the collateral flow area can be measured. The cardioplegia fluid distribution and the graft perfusion area are examined intraoperatively. Bedside myocardial perfusion studies will be possible through the transpulmonary passage of intravenously injected contrast agents. Myocardial contrast echocardiography can be applied both in the diagnosis and treatment of ischemic heart disease.]


  1. Országos Kardiológiai Intézet, Belgyógyászati Osztály Budapest
  2. La Sapienza Egyetem, Szívsebészeti Osztály, Róma



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