Study: Handheld tool useful, but it doesn't replace standard echo

12/6/2013 |

Researchers in Norway have found that pocket-size echocardiographic devices can provide useful and reliable diagnostic information, but they stress that the tool is not a substitute for standard echocardiography. After three months of training, medical staff conducted exams assessing cardiac function that lasted an average of 5.7 minutes, finding that assessments largely correlated strongly with findings from standard procedures. The study was published in the European Heart Journal-Cardiovascular Imaging.

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