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[Evaluation of left ventricular function: echocardiography, MRI or CT?].

Authors
  • Garot, J1
  • Clément, S
  • Deux, J-F
  • Roiron, C
  • Paziaud, J
  • Monin, J-L
  • Jourdan, G
  • Rahmouni, A
  • Guéret, P
  • 1 Fédération de cardiologie et département d'imagerie médicale, CHU Henri-Mondor, Faculté de médecine-université Paris 12, Créteil. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives des maladies du coeur et des vaisseaux
Publication Date
December 2007
Volume
100
Issue
12
Pages
1042–1047
Identifiers
PMID: 18223520
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The objective of this article is to clarify the advantages and limits of echocardiography, MRI, and CT for the determination of left ventricular (LV) function, emphasising the importance of evaluating global ventricular function. MRI is the reference technique, owing to its precision, reproducibility, and innocuous nature. However, echography is performed much more frequently because it is more widely available and easier to carry out. It is our reference technique in everyday practice. More recently, synchronised multi-slice tomodensitometry has provided dynamic reconstructed images of the left ventricle throughout the cardiac cycle, offering a succession of short axis views covering the entire volume of the ventricle. These acquisitions, in addition to non-invasive coronary angiography, allow the LV ejection fraction to be determined. With MRI, study of the LV function does not require any contrast medium to be injected and makes use of effective semi-automatic segmentation programs.

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