Pericardial effusion ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique used to evaluate the presence of fluid accumulation in the pericardial space, the space between the heart and the pericardium.
This non-invasive procedure involves using an ultrasound machine and a transducer to create real-time images of the heart. By visualizing the pericardium and assessing the amount and distribution of fluid, ultrasound can detect and quantify pericardial effusion. It helps determine the size, location, and potential impact on cardiac function.
Pericardial effusion ultrasound is crucial in diagnosing and monitoring conditions such as pericarditis, cardiac tamponade, and other cardiac abnormalities. It provides valuable information for healthcare professionals to guide treatment decisions, including pericardiocentesis or further interventions, and optimize patient care.