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Congenital and acquired conditions of the aortic root: multidetector computed tomography features
  1. H A Vargas1,2,
  2. E T D Hoey2,
  3. D Gopalan2,
  4. S K B Agrawal2,
  5. N J Screaton2,
  6. G S Gulati2,3
  1. 1
    Cambridge University Hospitals, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2
    Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  3. 3
    All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  1. Dr G S Gulati, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, B-3/185, Janak Puri, New Delhi 110058, India; gulatigurpreet{at}


The aortic root links the left ventricle and ascending aorta and functions as a support structure for the aortic valve. It can be affected by a variety of congenital and acquired conditions, some of which are potentially life threatening. Echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging are established non-invasive imaging techniques for assessing the aortic root. Recent technological advances have allowed multidetector computed tomography to emerge as an alternative means of assessing this aortic segment. This pictorial essay reviews the anatomy of the aortic root and illustrates the salient computed tomography imaging features of a range of congenital and acquired conditions that may affect it.

  • aortic root
  • computed tomography
  • cardiac imaging

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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