Cardiac CT Assessment of Right and Left Ventricular and Valvular Function
Maan Malahfji, Mouaz H. Al-Mallah
Purpose of Review The purpose of this review is to summarize the recent technical and scientific advancements in cardiac computed tomography (CT) assessment of ventricular function and valvular heart disease.
Recent Findings With improvement in scanner technology and protocols, cardiac CT can be used to assess cardiac function and chamber volumes with excellent accuracy and interobserver reproducibility. CT is a reliable adjunct modality to assess most valvular heart diseases when other modalities are not adequate or provide discrepant data. CT is now the standard of care in planning transcatheter valve interventions.
Summary Cardiac CT can be reliably used to assess right and left ventricular function albeit with radiation exposure. CT is also helpful as a tiebreaker in complex valvular heart disease when other modalities are discrepant or limited. Further improvement in temporal resolution and reduction of radiation dose will increase utilization of cardiac CT with the goal of comprehensive cardiac assessment.
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