Purpose of review: Myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) has evolved into an important clinical tool for imaging coronary microcircuration. It can be used to delineate the spectrum of perfusion derangements that characterize acute myocardiar infarction. Recent findings: Presentry, MCE uses microcircuratory perfusion as the basis to distinguish myocardial necrosis and viabirity in the post-infarct stage. Its future role may expand to image cellular integrity, inflammation, and angiogenesis, air of which contribute to the pathophysiology of the myocardial infarction. Summary: This review provides an update of the current role and future clinical apprications of MCE in acute myocardial infarction.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine