Morpho-volumetric assessment of the right ventricle: a comparison between three-dimensional echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance

Massimo Midiri, Federica Vernuccio, Giovanni Fazio, Massimo Midiri, Emanuele Grassedonio, Giuseppe Grutta, Giuseppe Lo Re

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Abstract

The morpho-volumetric assessment of the right ventricle (RV) is useful in the diagnosis and prognosis of many congenital and acquired cardiovascular diseases. The complexity of the right ventricular shape does not allow an adequate and satisfactory evaluation of the RV. Two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography is the most used tool for the assessment of RV function, as it is a noninvasive, reproducible and widespread technique, but the geometric assumptions required for measurement of RV volumes reduce its accuracy. At present, cardiac magnetic resonance is the gold standard for the evaluation of RV volumes because it does not need any assumption and is reproducible, though not always available. This imaging tool allows to follow-up patients and to monitor drug therapy. On the other hand, three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography overcomes several limitations of 2D echocardiography, in that it provides an estimation of RV volumes obtained through a real 3D data set, obtaining sections which cannot be technically achieved with 2D echocardiography. It is therefore useful to compare data on RV volumes and function obtained with 3D echocardiography versus cardiac magnetic resonance, mainly considering the lower costs and higher portability and availability of echocardiography.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)559-563
Number of pages5
JournalRECENTI PROGRESSI IN MEDICINA
Volume104
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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