Speckle-tracking echocardiography in clinical practice
Kovács Attila1, Ágoston Gergely2
1Semmelweis Egyetem, Városmajori Szív- és Érgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest
2Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Családorvosi Intézet, Szeged
Deformation imaging by speckle-tracking echocardiography is a well-established and frequently used research tool. Beyond research, speckle-tracking echocardiography has become readily available for the clinical cardiologists. Among several parameters, global longitudinal strain has been shown to provide added diagnostic and prognostic value in various cardiovascular conditions. This review focuses on recent advances in the field of strain and strain rate imaging, and provides an overview on its current clinical applications.