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How to image individual pulmonary veins with transthoracic echocardiography [Anatol J Cardiol]
Anatol J Cardiol. 2017; 18(4): 304-308 | DOI: 10.14744/AnatolJCardiol.2017.7872  

How to image individual pulmonary veins with transthoracic echocardiography

Zehra Gölbaşı1, Kumral Çağlı2, Özcan Özeke2, Dursun Aras3
1Department of Cardiology, Türkiye Yüksek İhtisas Hospital; Ankara-Turkey; Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Hitit University; Çorum-Turkey
2Department of Cardiology, Türkiye Yüksek İhtisas Hospital; Ankara-Turkey
3Department of Cardiology, Türkiye Yüksek İhtisas Hospital; Ankara-Turkey; Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Karabük University; Karabük-Turkey

Although Doppler analysis of pulmonary veins (PVs) is crucial in the assessment of cardiac hemodynamics, there is controversy regarding individual anatomical PV imaging with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). This report is a discussion of how to image PVs accurately using TTE. To resolve any contradiction, multiple TTE images were obtained during the selective catheterization of the PV in patients undergoing atrial fibrillation ablation procedure. Fluoroscopic images were used as a reference for the identification of each PV and simultaneous echocardiographic imaging of the catheter positioned in the distal PV was used for accurate anatomical localization of the ostium and distal part of the PV.

Keywords: pulmonary veins, transthoracic echocardiography






































Zehra Gölbaşı, Kumral Çağlı, Özcan Özeke, Dursun Aras. How to image individual pulmonary veins with transthoracic echocardiography. Anatol J Cardiol. 2017; 18(4): 304-308

Corresponding Author: Kumral Çağlı, Türkiye


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