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March 2014 Br J Cardiol 2014;21:8

Correspondence: echocardiography and enlarged cardiothoracic ratio

Nigel I Jowett

Abstract

Echocardiography and enlarged cardiothoracic ratio Dear Sirs, The Guys’ and St Thomas’s echo team are to be congratulated on producing evidence-based advice that could result in a significant reduction in cardiac ultrasound referrals, which may be enhanced if our radiology colleagues are taken on board.1 Many years ago, our echo department was overloaded with requests for studies as a consequence of radiology reports that included the emotive term ‘cardiomegaly’. This expression is, of course, speculative, as enlargement of the ‘cardiac’ shadow may be due to an expiratory radiograph, prominent epicardial fat pads, pericardial effu

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