A survey was performed concerning echocardiography in a
metropolitan area. Of 110 hospitals in the area, 62 reported
having echocardiographic facilities. Echocardiographic physicians and/or technicians from 41 of these hospitals responded
to questionnaires designed to determine the following: (1) educational background and credentials of technicians, (2) average
salaries of technicians, (3) role of the physician and technician
in the performance and reporting of echocardiograms, (4) volume, cost, and method of storage of echocardiograms, and (5)
number and type of echocardiographic units in use. Our data
suggest various trends, including a lack of formal training among
technicians, the prevalence of cardiologists-internists as directors of echocardiographic facilities, the performance of echocardiograms by cardiology fellows in only 46% of institutions with
cardiology training programs, and the widespread projected
availability of cross-sectional echocardiographic capability within the next two years.
(Arch Intern Med 140:923-926, 1980)
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