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Tex Heart Inst J. 1997;24(4):278-86.

Update on new technologies in pediatric echocardiography.

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Lillie Frank Abercrombie Section of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.


Advances in ultrasound technology will continue to expand the utility of echocardiography in the assessment of structural and functional cardiac disease in children. Tissue Doppler imaging and dobutamine stress echocardiography are 2 promising clinical applications that are expected to become increasingly used with time. Advances in data compression technology, including JPEG and MPEG techniques, will significantly affect digital archival and transmission of echocardiograms, which also have clinical implications, particularly in the expanding use of telemedicine. Continued research and clinical experience will further define the ultimate roles of these technologies in the future.

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