Transthoracic echocardiography use should be optimized, researchers argue

09/28/2013 | Diagnostic Imaging

Transthoracic echocardiography should have a more clinically useful role, according to new research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Although transthoracic echocardiography use was indicated and appropriate in most of the cases reviewed in this retrospective study, only 31.8% involved a change in patient care. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine provides evidence that a better approach is needed to optimize use of the test, the authors said.

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