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Studies Suggest Most Widely Used Cardiac Imaging Technique Is Overused

Echocardiography is a safe, noninvasive tool to image the heart without the use of radiation. For this reason it has become the most frequently used method to look at the heart for a wide variety of medical indications. Now two new studies suggest that, despite its popularity, transthoracic echocardiography is often not beneficial. One study finds that in most cases echocardiography does not change the treatment of patients. A second study suggests that using echocardiography to screen low-risk people for heart disease is not warranted.

In the first study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Susan Matulevicius and colleagues reviewed the patient records for 535 consecutive…

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