Sunday, March 2, 2008

Cardiac Cath Diagrams: Not Just For Cath Anymore

My physiology professor called them "cartoons".cath diagram

One of our docs here called them "valentines".


However you refer to them, the diagrams that comprise Congenital Heart Disease, A Diagrammatic Atlas are, without a doubt, indispensable for students and practitioners of pediatric echocardiography. Sadly, according to most online retailers, this atlas is no longer published. If you can find a copy anywhere- grab it and don't let go.

Fortunately for those without a hardcopy, many of the diagrams have been published on the web, with permission from the editors, at the Nevil Thomas Adult Congenital Heart Library. The website is a terrific collection of information, not the least of which is their collection of "CHD Heart Pictures".

Why every abnormal echocardiogram report doesn't include a diagram like those from the atlas is beyond me.

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