Written by anesthesiologists and cardiologists, the 19 contributions in this manual describe applications of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) beyond bypass surgery, including its use in the assessment of ventricular systolic function and diastolic function; for evaluating valvular stenosis, valvular regurgitation, congenital heart disease, cardiac masses, pericardial diseases, cardiomyopathies, diseases of the aorta, prosthetic valvular function, and cardiovascular disease in pregnant patients; and as a monitoring modality in heart transplant surgery and during mitral valve repair. Each chapter summarizes the physiology, pathophysiology, tomographic views, and required two-dimensional, M-mode, and Doppler echocardiography data for a number of common disease states. Introductory chapters cover the physics of imaging, ultrasound system controls, tomographic views, and the practice of TEE, while the final chapter discusses new applications in intraoperative echocardiography. Each chapter includes example images and a section of self-assessment questions for which answers are provided. Many of the contributors are affiliated with Duke University Medical Center. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Reviewer:Jason A. Mitchell, MD(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description:This is a concise but complete reference for the field of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).
Purpose:The purpose is to provide a resource for TEE to cardiologists and those interested in cardiology. Its objectives include the comprehensive assessment of valves, masses, and aorta as well as intraoperative TEE. It is excellent in this regard and the authors' objectives are met.
Audience:This book is intended for cardiologists interested in echocardiography who want mastery of TEE imaging and principles. It would be useful to those with any level of prior TEE experience. The contributing authors include physicians in the U.S. and Europe who are experts in this field.
Features:The book begins with the physics of Doppler ultrasound and two-dimensional imaging. It then details basic views, assessment of systolic and diastolic function, and then begins a comprehensive assessment of valves and aortic pathology. Chapters dedicated to prosthetic valvular function and assessment of congenital heart disease are excellent. The book ends with new applications for echocardiography including perfusion imaging, tissue Doppler, and three-dimensional echocardiography. A unique aspect of this book is the copious review questions available for study after each chapter.
Assessment:This is a superior treatment of the subject of TEE. The book covers an extensive list of topics. The images are excellent and numerous. It would be an excellent resource for anyone wanting to maximize their knowledge in the field of TEE.