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Table 2 Echocardiographic approach to coronary arteries.

From: Ultrasound imaging versus morphopathology in cardiovascular diseases. Coronary atherosclerotic plaque

Technique % success Image quality Anatomic information (plaque) Functional information (flow)
Transtoracic 20 ± ± ±
Transesophageal 80 + + ++
Epicardic 90 ++ ++ -
Intracoronary 95 +++ +++ -
  1. - = poor; + = sufficient; ++ = good; +++ = very good