Dr. A. DeMaria, San Diego, USA. Honorary Lecture nominee, EuroEcho 1999 – Vienna
EuroEcho-Imaging is important from a scientific perspective in that it provides the most up-to-date information about the clinical application of echocardiography. Of perhaps even more importance, EuroEcho-Imaging presents the most promising leading edge research and highlights those innovations that will be incorporated into cardiac ultrasound in the future. EuroEcho-Imaging is a major source for feedback on my own research and for ideas on new investigative directions to pursue.
Because I became involved with echocardiography at its beginning, I have been blessed with the opportunity to make a number of observations for the first time. The research I performed that is likely the highlight of my years was the initial demonstration of the ability to image myocardial perfusion with contrast echocardiography. During preclinical experiments with contrast we injected CO2 into the coronary artery of dogs and visualized intense myocardial opacification. Subsequently we had the opportunity to advance the field by achieving myocardial opacification by intravenous injection of contrast agents. These findings opened up the field of the potential to assess myocardial perfusion and coronary artery disease by myocardial contrast echocardiography
EuroEcho-Imaging will continue to be one of the most important venues for research and education in echocardiography for the foreseeable future. Medical meetings provide the opportunity for direct interaction, for question and answer, for debate, and for informal discussions that the medical literature cannot provide. In addition, there is the opportunity for social interactions and camaraderie […].It will be a beacon into the future of cardiac ultrasound, and will thereby provide a pathway to the future for those working in the field.
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