Thursday, 16 January 2014

Bubble Study

Bubble Study is a specialized echocardiogram that seeks holes between the right and left sides of the heart by injecting bubbles into the bloodstream and watching to see if they cross from one side of the heart to other. 

An ultrasound of the heart is termed an “echocardiogram”. It is carried out to obtain pictures of the heart and the areas around the heart. Better pictures are at times seen if a material called “contrast” is employed during the ultrasound. One kind of contrast is saline (sterile salt water). When saline is employed it is called a “bubble study”. 

During a bubble study the doctor or nurse shakes the saline water until it forms small bubbles. The bubbles are then infused into the vein through an intravenous line. A bubble study allows us pursue the path that the bubbles take through the bloodstream. In a normal heart the bubbles are filtered by the lungs and are seen only on the right side of the heart. In case the bubbles are seen in the left side, it shows that there is an opening between the two sides of the heart, which is not normal. The irregularity can be an atrial-septial defect or ventricular septal defect. The bubble study aids to spot those abnormalities and is safe. The bubble solution is easily absorbed in the bloodstream.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

"Bubble Study"

An ultrasound of the heart is called an “echocardiogram.” It is done to get pictures of the heart and the areas around the heart.  Better pictures are sometimes seen if a material called “contrast” is used during the ultrasound. One type of contrast is saline (sterile salt water). When saline is used it is called a “bubble study”. 

During a bubble study the doctor or nurse will shake the salt water until it forms small bubbles. The bubbles are then injected into the vein through an intravenous line (IV). In a normal heart the bubbles are filtered by the lungs and are seen only on the right side of the heart. If the bubbles are seen on the left side, it shows that there is an opening between the two sides of the heart, which is abnormal. The abnormality can be an atrial-septal defect or a ventricular septal defect. The bubble study helps to identify those abnormalities.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

bubble

A soap bubble is a thin film of soapy water enclosing air that forms a hollow sphere with an iridescent surface. Soap bubbles usually last for only a few seconds before bursting, either on their own or on contact with another object. They are often used for children's enjoyment, but they are also used in artistic performances. Assembling several bubbles results in a foam.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Actaea (plant)

Actaea, commonly called baneberry or bugbane, is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Ranunculaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

The genus is closely related to Cimicifuga and Souliea, and many botanists include those genera within Actaea (e.g. Compton et al. 1998, Compton & Culham 2002, Gao et al. 2006, RHS Plant Finder, 2007) based on combined evidence from DNA sequence data, similarity in biochemical constituents and on morphology; if included, the number of species in Actaea rises to 25-30. Other botanists (e.g. Hoffman 1999, Wang et al. 1999, Lee & Park 2004) reject this merger because only one group (Actaea) have fleshy fruit while the remainder have dry fruit. The genus is treated here in its broader sense.