Archive for Echocardiography

Echo Made Easy (Sam Kaddoura)

This excellent book provides a practical and clinically useful introduction to echocardiography. The author explains the echo techniques available, what an echo can and cannot give, and, importantly, puts echo into a clinical perspective. The sections are ordered with the techniques most often used to diagnose a particular clinical problem explained first. The final chapter deals with special clinical situations. The book is written in a conversational and accessible style. It is essential reading for anyone wishing to learn about echo – doctors, technicians and medical students. Experienced echocardiographers will find it as a refresher and reference source in pocket-size. It covers areas relating to clinical aspects of heart disease (e.g causes of murmurs, endocarditis etc) which are practical and often missing from such books. It has ‘normal values’ and the figures and illustrations are very good and clear and clinically useful.

Second edition of the book was published by Churchill Livingstone in 02/2009 and contains 240 pages

The Echocardiographer’s Pocket Reference

The third edition of Echocardiographer’s Pocket Reference includes the new ASE recommendations for wall segments and coronary artery distribution, chamber quantification including the left atrium and left ventricle and new recommendations for the evaluation of valvular regurgitation. There is an expanded how-to section, additional two-dimensional images, inclusion of tissue Doppler imaging, myocardial strain imaging, cardiac resynchronization therapy and real time three-dimensional echocardiography. A new peripheral vascular section has been added and includes the new American Society of Echocardiography recommendations. This is a must have book for any echo tech. It is concise and to the point without getting too technical. The “pocket” size makes it very portable and by no means cumbersome.

Third edition was published by Rittenhouse Book Distributors in 12/2007 and contains 442 pages

The Echo Manual

Third Edition of the Echo Manual is a best-selling book. It offers a practical guide to the performance, interpretation, and clinical applications of echocardiography. The Manual is written by recognized experts at the Mayo Clinic and provides a concise, user-friendly summary of techniques, diagnostic criteria, and quantitative methods for both echocardiography and Doppler echocardiography. This edition covers the latest techniques, standards, and applications and includes new contrast agents. More than 900 images give readers an immediate grasp of salient points. Learn more on the uses and limitations of two-and three-dimensional echocardiography, strain-rate imaging, tissue Doppler, and vascular imaging.

Third edition of the book was published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins in 10/2006 and contains 410 pages

Otto – Practice of Clinical Echocardiography

In Practice of Clinical Echocardiography, Dr. Otto offers expert guidance on interpreting echocardiographic images and Doppler flow data and applying your findings to your daily clinical decision making. It not only teaches you how to qualitatively and quantitatively interpret echocardiographic images and Doppler flow data, but also outlines how this information affects your clinical decision making. This medical reference book keeps you current on the latest advances and techniques, so you can implement the best possible approaches with your patients. It helps you to master the challenging practice of echocardiography through clear explanations of advanced concepts. Lots of quality figures and tables to supplement the text. It covers all echocardiography modalities, including contrast and 3-D echocardiography. The book helps you to zero in on the critically important information and get a quick summary for review thanks to key points at the end of each chapter and a disease-oriented assessment of echocardiographic data. You can access the complete contents online from your laptop or mobile device through

The book is organized in nine different parts:

1. Advanced echocardiographic techniques
2. The left ventricle
3. Ischemic heart disease
4. Valvular heart disease
5. Cardiomyopathies and pericardial disease
6. The right heart
7. The pregnant patient
8. Vascular and systemic diseases
9. Adult congenital heart disease and cardiac tumors

Fourth edition of the book was published by Saunders in 05/2012 and contains 1120 pages


Otto – Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography 4th edition

Otto’s Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography presents an accessible primer on this complex topic. It features simple explanations of the basics of ultrasound physics, image acquisition, as well as all the major techniques and major disease categories including adult congenital heart disease, with a problem-based approach to echocardiography.. Latest advanced echo techniques such as contrast echo, 3D echo, strain rate imaging, speckle tracking, and synchrony are covered. Each chapter features a practical outline called The Echo Exam, a brief summary of how to do it, the necessary calculations, diagnosis and examples, ideal for understanding the use of echo and its outcomes. Images are complemented by full-color comparative drawings of heart structures. Expert Consult functionality now allows you to access the full text online. It features a new chapter dedicated to intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography, cross-referenced with other chapters, for coverage of this important and difficult technique. The book integrates TTE and TEE images more explicitly into each chapter to discuss the two techniques in parallel and identifies the role of each modality in patient evaluation. It presents the latest ASE recommendations for chamber quantification, including updated tables of normal measurements, for convenient reference.

This book has always been regarded as the ‘bible’ of echocardiography. I disagree. This book is very useful for all the cardiology trainee as it is well written, easy to understand and there are many figures. For both beginners and experienced operators alike this is an excellent textbook, that not only explains, basic processes and techniques but also provides examples of calculations, reference values and explanations. This book is particularly useful preparation for the BSE examination.

Fourth edition of the book was published by Saunders in 07/2009 and contains 608 pages

Feigenbaum’s Echocardiography

Feigenbaum’s Echocardiography is one of the best textbooks of echocardiography. The thoroughly revised Seventh Edition reflects recent changes in the technology and clinical use of echocardiography. It includes over 1,600 illustrations, about 600 of which are in full color. Detailed discussions on the use of three-dimensional echocardiography and perfusion imaging are included. Also covered is new information on the mechanics and utility of Strain and Strain rate imaging. Current AHA/ACC guidelines are included for each chapter. An accompanying DVD contains tutorials on echo interpretation with voiceover and animations.

This book has filled a worthy space in my acquisition of echocardiographic skills. The DVD is great as well as the color pictures and all topics are well done and comprehensive. Though it is not for the novice echocardiographer, it will help those who want to be a better echocardiographer/cardiologist. Feigenbaum is deservably respected as one of the foremost authors on the subject of echocardiology. The material is presented in a clear and concise manner.

Seventh edition of the book was published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins in 12/2009 and contains 832 pages