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Intracardiac Flow Visualization Using High-Frame Rate Blood Speckle Tracking Echocardiography: Illustrations from infants with Congenital Heart Disease
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  • Massimiliano Cantinotti,
  • Pietro Marchese,
  • Martin Koestenberger,
  • Raffaele Giordano,
  • Giuseppe Santoro,
  • Nadia Assanta,
  • Shelby Kutty
Massimiliano Cantinotti
Stabilimento Ospedaliero di Massa Ospedale del Cuore G Pasquinucci
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Pietro Marchese
Stabilimento Ospedaliero di Massa Ospedale del Cuore G Pasquinucci
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Martin Koestenberger
University of Graz
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Raffaele Giordano
Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
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Giuseppe Santoro
Stabilimento Ospedaliero di Massa Ospedale del Cuore G Pasquinucci
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Nadia Assanta
Stabilimento Ospedaliero di Massa Ospedale del Cuore G Pasquinucci
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Shelby Kutty
Johns Hopkins Medicine
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Abstract

We report applications of novel high-frame rate blood speckle tracking (BST) echocardiography in a series of infants with congenital heart disease (CHD). BST echocardiography was highly feasible, reproducible, and fast. High-frame rate BST provided complimentary information to conventional color-Doppler data enhancing the visualization and understanding of anomalous blood trajectories (e.g., shunt direction, regurgitant volumes, and stenotic jets) and vortex formation. High-frame rate BST echocardiography is a new, promising imaging tool that may be helpful for deeper understanding of complex CHD physiology.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

19 Dec 2020Submitted to Echocardiography
23 Dec 2020Assigned to Editor
23 Dec 2020Submission Checks Completed
06 Jan 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
06 Feb 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
08 Feb 2021Editorial Decision: Accept