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Digital Echocardiography*: Its Role in Modern Medical Practice

Sharad Bansal, MD; Donna Ehler, BS, RDCS; James L. Vacek, MD
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*From Mid-America Cardiology Associates, The Mid-America Heart Institute, St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, MO.

Correspondence to: James L. Vacek, MD, Mid-America Cardiology Associates, 4320 Wornall, Suite 4000, Kansas City, MO 64111; e-mail: jamesv44@hotmail.com



Chest. 2001;119(1):271-276. doi:10.1378/chest.119.1.271
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Digital echocardiography has evolved rapidly during the last decade, and the all-digital echocardiographic laboratory has just reached the threshold of reality. This review article explains what this transition means for the modern medical practice and concisely presents what a digital echocardiogram is, the technical aspects of digital image acquisition and processing, and the advantages and limitations of digital echocardiography vs analog echocardiography. This review should serve as a useful source of information for the general cardiologist not working closely with digital echocardiography, as well as a resource for the noncardiologist.

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