Echocardiography is a frequently used tool in the evaluation of a wide range of cardiac disease.
Used by internists in the evaluation of dyspnea on exertion, anesthesiologists concerned about that loud systolic murmur as well as pulmonologists worried about enlarged pulmonary arteries on chest x ray–its a tools that is utilized across a wide range of specialties and practice areas.
For cardiologists, sonographers, and interested clinicians, there are a number of apps available that can help us learn more about this imaging modality, interpret the studies, and communicate with our patients about the results.
Here are our top apps for learning, performing, and interpreting echocardiograms.
iASE by the American Society of Echocardiography
Developed by the American Society of Echocardiography, iASE is a fantastic example of how professional societies can design useful mobile resources to disseminate information on standards, best practices, and more. The iASE app converts several of the guideline documents on interpretation of echocardiograms from the American Society of Echocardiography into a mobile form including those on chamber assessment, valvular disease, right heart assessment, and prosthetic valves. The PDF versions of several other guideline documents is included as well.
Several common equations are included as calculators within the app and most are paired with concise explanations and diagrams that can be useful teaching tools as well. A notable feature in this app is the inclusion of normal values for a range of prosthetic valves, information that can otherwise be challenging to find.
This app is a great resource for sonographers, practicing cardiologists, and trainees learning the practice and interpretation of echocardiography. Others may find its level of detail a bit much for their needs and prefer some of the other apps on this list.
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