Contrast Echocardiography

  • Farimah Aminian
  • Harald Becher


Contrast echocardiography is an enhanced ultrasound imaging technique utilizing a contrast agent to increase blood echogenicity in cardiac chambers or myocardial microvessels. This technique can improve image quality and provide interpretable recordings in cases with suboptimal acoustic window like ventilated or obese patients. Contrast enhancement can be used during transthoracic, transesophageal and stress echocardiography.

Clinical applications for contrast echocardiography are classified into four main categories: Left ventricular opacification, Detection of intracardiac shunt, Doppler signal enhancement and assessment of myocardial perfusion.


Echocardiography Contrast imaging 



Coronary artery disease


Endocardial border delineation


Ejection fraction




Left ventricle


Left ventricular opacification


Myocardial blood flow


Myocardial contrast echocardiography


Patent foramen ovale


Transesophageal echocardiography


Ultrasound contrast agent


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Farimah Aminian
    • 1
  • Harald Becher
    • 1
  1. 1.Echocardiography DepartmentRazavi HospitalMashhadIran

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