Outcomes issues regarding utilization of echocardiography in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease.

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    Abstract

    In this opinion paper, outcomes issues that should determine the utilization of echocardiography in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease is discussed. The issues discussed are the level of training and competence in performing and interpreting echocardiographic studies, sensitivity and specificity of the test in various conditions, ability to deal with artifacts, the pretest probability of disease, incremental value of a test in context of what is already known about a patient, cost-benefit analysis, and whether risk stratification is justified when risk management is not possible. Concepts, rather than an exhaustive view of the literature, are discussed and areas that require further investigation are mentioned.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)591-598
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography
    Volume9
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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