The introduction of three-dimensional echocardiography and its evolution from time-consuming and cumbersome off-line reconstruction to real-time volumetric technique (real-time three-dimensional echocardiography) are one of the most significant advances in ultrasound imaging of the heart of the past decade. This imaging modality currently provides realistic views of cardiac valves capable of demonstrating the anatomy of various heart valve diseases in a unique, noninvasive manner. In addition, real-time three-dimensional echocardiography offers completely new views of the valves and surrounding structures, and allows accurate quantification of severity of valve disease. This article reviews the advantages of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography in assessing heart valves and shows also technological limitations in order to provide the scientific basis for its clinical use.
|Translated title of the contribution||Transthoracic real-time three-dimensional echocardiography: Clinical role, value and limitations in assessing heart valves|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine