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
Statistics from Altmetric.com
Competing interests: None declared.