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In a little over a decade echocardiography has become the most widely used and important noninvasive test of cardiac function. Once a technique confined to diagnosing pericardial effusion and rheumatic mitral valve disease, echocardiography is now used to evaluate such diverse entities as cardiac tumors, bacterial endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, and mitral valve prolapse.
The advent of two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography has dramatically extended the technique's utility and applicability. The difficulities of writing a general textbook of echocardiography are very great; it is difficult to adequately summarize the extensive new echocardiographic data, to cover 2D echocardiography with still frame, and to reach an
Diagnostic Echocardiography.. Ann Intern Med. ;97:159–160. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-1-159_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(1):159-160.
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