This book tries to give an in depth evaluation about the specific issues that a modern cardiovascular imaging specialist is asked to answer nowadays. Echocardiography is still the most used imaging technique for the evaluation of cardiac anatomy and function and today it plays an essential role in daily decision making. The echocardiographic technology and its applications have widely developed in the last years leading to a better diagnostic accuracy. Contents Preface 1 Echocardiographic Evaluation of Left Ventricular Diastolic Function 2 Right Chambers Quantification in Clinical Practice: Echocardiography Compared with Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging 3 Lung Ultrasound Comet Tails —Technique and Clinical Significance 4 Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation: From Echo Assessment to Surgical Strategy and Techniques 5 Real-time 3D Echocardiography in Percutaneous Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty 6 A Framework for the Systematic Characterization of the Aortic Valve Complex by Real-Time Three Dimensional Echocardiography: Implications for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement with TOC BookMarkLinks