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Three-dimensional echocardiography in valve disease

Published Online: July 27th 2018 Heart International 2007;3(1-2):35-41
Authors: Chiara Colombo, Gloria Tamborini, Mauro Pepi, Marina Alimento, Cesare Fiorentini
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This review covers the role of three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography in the diagnosis of heart valve disease. Several factors have contributed to the evolution of this technique, which is currently a simple and routine method: rapid evolution in probe and computer technologies, demonstration that 3D data sets allowed more complete and accurate evaluation of cardiac structures, emerging clinical experience indicating the strong potential particularly in valve diseases, volume and function of the two ventricle measurements and several other fields. This report will review current and future applications of 3D echocardiography in mitral, aortic and tricuspid valve diseases underlying both qualitative (morphologic) and quantitative advantages of this technique. (Heart International 2007; 3: 35-41)

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Three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography, Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography, Valve disease

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Gloria Tamborini, MD, Centro Cardiologico, Via Parea, 4, 20138 Milan, Italy, gloria.tamborini@ccfm.it

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