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Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2014; 42(3): 32-39

FoCUS cardiac ultrasound: the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging viewpoint

Aleksandar N. Neskovic1, Thor Edvardsen2, Maurizio Galderisi3, Madalina Garbi4, Giuseppe Gullace5, Ruxandra Jurcut6, Havard Dalen7, Andreas Hagendorff8, Patrizio Lancellotti9
1Clinical Hospital Center Zemun, Beograd University School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia
2Department of Cardiology, University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
3Department of Science Translational Medicine, Federico II University Hospital, Naples, Italy
4King's Health Partners, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
5Cardiovascular Department, Azienda Ospedaliera della Provincia di Lecco, Lecco, Italy
6Department of Cardiology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila
7MI Lab and Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway; Internal Medicine Clinic, Levanger Hospital, Nord-Trøndelag Health Trust, Levanger, Norway
8Cardiology-Angiology Department, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
9Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of Liege, GIGA Cardiovascular Sciences, Heart Valve Clinic, CHU Sart Tilman, Liege, Belgium

The concept of point-of-care, problem-oriented focus cardiac ultrasound examination (FoCUS) is increasingly applied in the settings of medical emergencies, including cardiac diseases. The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) recognizes that cardiologists are not the only medical professionals dealing with cardiovascular emergencies. In reality, emergency cardiac diagnostics and treatment are also carried out by a wide range of specialists. For the benefit of the patients, the EACVI encourages any medical professional, sufficiently trained to obtain valuable information from FoCUS, to use it in emergency settings. These medical professionals need to have the necessary knowledge to understand the obtained information entirely, and to use it correctly, thoughtfully and with care. In this document, the EACVI underlines major differences between echocardiography and FoCUS, and underscores the need for specific education and training in order to fully utilize advantages and minimize drawbacks of this type of cardiac ultrasound examination in the critically ill patients.

Keywords: EACVI, viewpoint, focus cardiac, ultrasound

How to cite this article
Aleksandar N. Neskovic, Thor Edvardsen, Maurizio Galderisi, Madalina Garbi, Giuseppe Gullace, Ruxandra Jurcut, Havard Dalen, Andreas Hagendorff, Patrizio Lancellotti. FoCUS cardiac ultrasound: the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging viewpoint. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2014; 42(3): 32-39

Corresponding Author: Aleksandar N. Neskovic, Serbia
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