Speckle tracking analysis in intensive care unit: A toy or a tool?

the Working Group on Echocardiography of the Italian Society of Cardiology

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The use of conventional echocardiography in the intensive care unit (ICU) is today established to assess left and right ventricular systolic function, for preload determination and procedural guidance. Next step in ICU echocardiography could be the use of novel ultrasound techniques such as strain echocardiography to assist in the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, or pulmonary embolism. This review has gathered the available evidence supporting the incremental value of strain in the diagnostic workup of cardiac diseases treated in ICU.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-519
Number of pages14
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2018


  • acute coronary syndrome
  • heart failure
  • intensity care unit
  • myocarditis
  • pulmonary
  • pulmonary embolism
  • speckle tracking strain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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