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Aims and scope

Cardiovascular Ultrasound is an open access journal, publishing on all aspects of echocardiography, with a particular interest in unusual diagnostic aspects; and expert opinions on new techniques and technologies. We welcome articles with a technical and/or clinical focus and encourage authors to include relevant images or video files, which provide an additional dimension to published articles and enhance understanding.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound provides a highly visible platform for authors in addition to providing an up-to-date and freely available resource for the community. The journal welcomes discussion, and provides a forum for publishing opinion and debate ranging from biology to engineering to clinical echocardiography, with both speed and versatility.

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Left atrium size has been identified as an important factor in atrial fibrillation development. Recently a new method of calculating this using novel three-beat averaging, real-time 3D echocardiography was introduced. In their paper, Ran Hao et al accessed the accuracy and feasibility of this technology on patients with atrial fibrillation.

This image shows measurement of left atrial volume by three-beat averaging real-time three-dimensional echocardiography with semi-automated endocardial border detection.

© Heo et al. Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:38   doi:10.1186/s12947-015-0032-5a Set the region of interest in the left atrium.

b Perform semi-automated endocardial border tracking of the left atrium.

c Set left atrial volume curve, and calculate average left atrial LA volume from three consecutive beats.

Editors' Quotes

"The open access approach will benefit the reader, who will find no barrier to continuing their education using journals and to the scientist, who will have additional chances to gain access to high quality journals. (At present this is impeded by subscription, registration, pay per view, and so on.) It will also benefit those outside of the circle of structured scientific societies where the richest nations are over-represented in excess of their scientific merits."

Eugenio Picano, Founding Editor, Cardiovascular Ultrasound

"Ultrasound is the breakthrough technology of our time. It is exciting to work in such a field that has not yet fully expressed its potential. Echocardiography is the most cost-efficient technique and the natural competitor for any other, even highly sophisticated ones, because of its high clinical yield, the ability to assess anatomy and function, contractility and coronary flow reserve, and heart valve status, all in the same sitting. Most importantly, it does this with an ease of communication, because it is performed by cardiologists who translate the results into clinical management. These features make it an unsurpassed tool for initial and follow-up use on patients with heart diseases."

Rosa Sicari, Editor-in-Chief, Cardiovascular Ultrasound

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