Echocardiography Outside the Cardiology Setting. Position Paper and Recommendations of the Spanish Society of Cardiology
Barba Cosials J (1), Pérez de Isla L (2).
(1) Departamento de Cardiología y Cirugía Cardiaca, Clínica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain.
(2) Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Departamento Medicina, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
In 2014, the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC), through its Working Group on Cardiac Imaging, drew up a set of guidelines for the proper use of echocardiographic systems outside the cardiology setting.
This important document was issued in response to the introduction of echocardiography as an extension of physical examinations, performed by physicians other than cardiologists using small devices.
This practice arouses increasing interest among this group of specialists and, in a controlled, standardized setting, opens up exciting opportunities for improving diagnostics.
Thus, we considered it appropriate to summarize, in the following paragraphs, the reasons for preparing this document and the essential elements in its contents.
CITATION Rev Esp Cardiol (Engl Ed). 2016 May 24. pii: S1885-5857(16)30064-0. doi: 10.1016/j.rec.2016.04.013