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Table 1 The additional value of tissue deformation imaging in the field of echocardiography

From: Echocardiographic quantification of myocardial function using tissue deformation imaging, a guide to image acquisition and analysis using tissue Doppler and speckle tracking

Additional value Potential utilities
Unmasking subtle pathology Early diagnosis coronary artery disease [28] and cardiomyopathy [23]
Quantifying myocardial function Objective assessment of regional function [29]
Visualizing timing issues Quantification of timing within a heart cycle [30]
Detecting subtle changes over time Therapy evaluation in patient follow-up [31]
Improving inter/intra observer variability Increasing accuracy of stress echocardiography [32]