Point-of-care handheld echocardiography (Hand held echocardiograph – Representative image) Initially echocardiographs were large machines with poor resolution. Later advances in electronics miniaturized the machines while improving the resolutions.
Advantages and disadvantages of echocardiographic assessment of myocardial viability Echo based techniques for assessment of myocardial viability has certain advantages as well as limitations. Echocardiographic techniques are safe
Myocardial contrast echocardiography Myocardial contrast echocardiography has been used in the assessment of myocardial viability. Downside of myocardial contrast echocardiography is the cost of ultrasound contrast agent (UCA).
Echocardiographic assessment of myocardial viability Diastolic wall thickness will give an idea regarding the myocardial viability. Thin and hyperdense myocardium is likely to be scarred and non viable.