May 1, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT: David Bricker
Many cardiologists say that if an echocardiogram is to be used reliably to diagnose heart problems, itís best to go to a doctor trained in its use. But a Hopkins research team led by Co-Director of Pediatric Cardiology Joel Brenner, M.D., has found that even among pediatric cardiologists specially trained to use the technology, thereís a lot of variation in their practices. In a review of practice patterns of eight board-certified Johns Hopkins pediatric cardiologists, the researchers also found that the more experienced pediatric cardiologists were actually less likely to rely on echocardiograms in diagnosing functional heart murmurs than younger, less experienced doctors. Brenner suggests the discrepancy may be attributed to a difference in how much a doctor relies on the stethoscope as the sole method of diagnosis. The findings are to be presented at the American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research (APS-SPR) joint conferences.
NEWS TIP FROM HOPKINS AT THE APS-SPR 2001 CONFERENCE APRIL 27 - MAY 1, BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER