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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133-139

Speckle tracking strain echocardiography: What sonographers need to know!

1 Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Duke Cardiac Diagnostic Unit, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
2 Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Cardiac Diagnostic Unit, Stockholm, Sweden

Correspondence Address:
Fawaz Alenezi
Duke Cardiology, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27705
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiae.jiae_63_17

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Introduction: Strain is a unitless measurement of dimensional or deformational change; speckle-tracking echocardiography is the most widely used technique to assess strain, with demonstrated clinical utility in a variety of settings. Objectives: This paper reviews the diagnostic and prognostic impact of echocardiographic assessment of left ventricle myocardial strain and what sonographers need to know in a daily practice. Methods: This paper have the most updated American society of echocardiography recommendations on a speckle tracking strain echocardiography, and included experiences of a large academic center, standardization as well as tips needed to perform a strain in a daily clinical practice. Conclusion: With good feasibility, reproducibility and evidence in support, speckle tracking strain echocardiography can be used as a standard echocardiography parameter in clinical practice.

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