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Imaging-based right-atrial anatomy by computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and three-dimensional transoesophageal echocardiography: correlations with anatomic specimens


Faletra, Francesco Fulvio; Muzzarelli, Stefano; Dequarti, Maria Cristina; Murzilli, Romina; Bellu, Roberto; Ho, Siew Yen (2013). Imaging-based right-atrial anatomy by computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and three-dimensional transoesophageal echocardiography: correlations with anatomic specimens. European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, 14(12):1123-1131.

Abstract

Nowadays computed tomography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and tridimensional transoesophageal echocardiography provide anatomic images of right-atrial structures with an impressive richness of anatomical details. It is therefore surprising that these techniques are not routinely used as complementary tools in teaching anatomy. This review aims to fill this gap showing the normal anatomy of right atrium as displayed by these sophisticated imaging techniques. A better understanding of right-atrial anatomy is crucial for the treatment of primary right-atrium electrical disorders as well as for catheter-based interventions for structural heart disease. The success of these procedures is, in fact, related to an accurate anatomical pre-procedural assessment. In this review, we describe the normal anatomy and variants of those right-atrial structures relevant for both ablationists and interventionalists.

Abstract

Nowadays computed tomography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and tridimensional transoesophageal echocardiography provide anatomic images of right-atrial structures with an impressive richness of anatomical details. It is therefore surprising that these techniques are not routinely used as complementary tools in teaching anatomy. This review aims to fill this gap showing the normal anatomy of right atrium as displayed by these sophisticated imaging techniques. A better understanding of right-atrial anatomy is crucial for the treatment of primary right-atrium electrical disorders as well as for catheter-based interventions for structural heart disease. The success of these procedures is, in fact, related to an accurate anatomical pre-procedural assessment. In this review, we describe the normal anatomy and variants of those right-atrial structures relevant for both ablationists and interventionalists.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Cardiocentro Ticino
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:03 Feb 2014 13:11
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:27
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:2047-2412
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjci/jet081
PubMed ID:24028837

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