Transthoracic Echocardiograms: Most Lead to No Appreciable Change in Patient Care

Susan Matulevicius, MD, MSCS  Department of Medicine, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, DallasMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Susan Matulevicius, MD, MSCS

Department of Medicine, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?

Dr. Matulevicius: In our cohort of 535 transthoracic echocardiograms performed at a single academic medical center, we found that the majority (92%) of echocardiograms were appropriate by the 2011 Appropriate Use Criteria; however, only 1 in 3 echocardiograms lead to an active change in patient care while 1 in 5 resulted in no appreciable change in patient care.
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