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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 May;204(5):W531-42. doi: 10.2214/AJR.14.13551.

Imaging Evaluation of Tricuspid Valve: Analysis of Morphology and Function With CT and MRI.

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1 Department of Radiology, University of Southern California, USC Keck Hospital, 1500 San Pablo St, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

In this article we show the morphologic detail of the tricuspid valve (TV) apparatus and discuss the spectrum of diagnostic information that CT and MRI can provide regarding pathologic processes. We also compare the strengths and limitations of these modalities with currently established echocardiographic diagnostic parameters.

CONCLUSION:

The TV plays an important role in a number of pathologic states, and its abnormality can directly or indirectly influence morbidity and mortality in different cardiac disorders. However, the importance of the role of the TV has been overlooked primarily because TV malfunction may remain less symptomatic for a long time. Along with rapid development in imaging technology, improvement in postoperative management, and better understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of TV dysfunction, more attention is being given to careful imaging analysis of this "forgotten valve."

KEYWORDS:

CT; MRI; tricuspid dysfunction; tricuspid valve

PMID:
25905959
DOI:
10.2214/AJR.14.13551
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