In 9 of 12 patients who underwent cardiac transplantation computed tomography was performed. In 5 of them CT was obtained also before the surgical treatment. In all patients angio-CT technique was performed, while the ECG-gated technique was employed only before surgery. CT shows changes in morphology of both atria but over all of the right one, and rotation of the heart on the longitudinal axis. The conditions of the pericardium are particularly well demonstrated: in 5 cases pericardial effusion was observed, 3 times localized and 2 times diffuse. Only in 1 patient a small thrombus in the right atrium was demonstrated. CT allows the possibility to obtain simultaneously information on mediastinum, lungs and pleura. Pleural effusion, pulmonary infections and mediastinal complications are easily demonstrated.
|Translated title of the contribution||Heart transplants. The value of computerized tomography|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging