TAVI imaging: over the echocardiography

Ludovico La Grutta, Patrizia Toia, Emanuele Grassedonio, Salvatore Pasta, Domenico Albano, Francesco Agnello, Erica Maffei, Filippo Cademartiri, Tommaso Vincenzo Bartolotta, Massimo Galia, Massimo Midiri

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Aortic valve stenosis (AS) is a common valvular heart disease. Recently, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has changed the treatment of severe AS in elderly patients with contraindications to traditional surgical replacement. Echocardiography is conventionally used as the first imaging modality to assess the presence and severity of AS and to provide anatomical and functional information. Nowadays, imaging techniques play a crucial role in the planning of TAVI to define suitable candidates. Computed tomography (CT) is essential to display the anatomy of the aortic valve complex (including aortic annulus, Valsalva sinuses, coronary arteries ostia, sinotubular junction), thoracoabdominal aorta, and vascular access. Cardiac CT may also provide the evaluation of coronary arteries in alternative to conventional coronary angiography. Magnetic resonance imaging may be alternative or supplementary in selected cases, providing detailed information of cardiac function and myocardial wall characteristics. More recently, advanced computer modeling image-based techniques can be used to support the evaluation of the feasibility and safety of TAVI procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1148-1166
Number of pages19
JournalRadiologia Medica
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2020


  • Aortic valve stenosis
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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