Affordable Access

Imaging the pericardium.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cardiology clinics
Publication Date
Volume
8
Issue
4
Pages
587–600
Identifiers
PMID: 2249213
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Noninvasive imaging has profoundly altered our ability to diagnose and manage patients with suspected pericardial disease. Although pericardial involvement may first become apparent on a chest radiography, echocardiography (M-mode, 2-D, and Doppler) is the procedure of choice for identifying and characterizing pericardial disease. CT and MRI frequently provide complementary information and in certain instances are necessary for diagnosis. Studies that compare diagnostic accuracy in subsets of patients with pericardial disease are clearly needed, but availability, safety, and cost considerations will influence the choice of procedure. Regardless of the imaging study selected, it is imperative that the results be interpreted in the context of the clinical examination.

Statistics

Seen <100 times