Professor Playford has undergone subspecialist training in echocardiography including transthoracic echocardiography, stress echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and contrast echocardiography. He has subsequently been the Managing Director of a major Specialist Echocardiography Laboratory. His specialty knowledge has earned him reference laboratory status both in cardiac ultrasound systems and in echocardiography reporting and archiving systems.

Echocardiography (echo) is ultrasound of the heart, and is used to obtain information on cardiac structure and function. Ultrasound technology is used throughout medicine, an example being ultrasound performed on pregnant women to view the unborn baby.

Echocardiography is a special type of ultrasound, developed specially to image the heart. Significant training is required to perform and interpret echocardiography. Echocardiography is used to interpret a broad range of cardiac diseases, including valve abnormalities, heart failure, and coronary artery disease. Echocardiography can significantly influence management of patients, and is regarded as one of the most important diagnostic tests in clinical cardiology.


Professor Playford’s current research in echocardiography includes the National Echo Database Australia (NEDA,, and he is also working on new systems of automation in echocardiography (Alerte Digital Health,

What is Echocardiography?
Echocardiography Research & Development
Echocardiograpy Examples:

Following are examples of a number of abnormalities detected using echocardiography