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Right ventricle in adulthood: CT and MR assessment
  1. Sze Mun Mak1,
  2. Deepa Gopalan2
  1. 1 Radiology Department, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, London, UK
  2. 2 Radiology, Imperial College NHS Trust, London and Cambridge University Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sze Mun Mak, London, UK; szemun.mak{at}


Anatomical complexities coupled with a protracted subclinical disease course, particularly in the early stages, makes the right ventricle (RV) the less studied entity when compared with the left. RV failure is an important predictor of survival in patients with cardiovascular disease. Technological advances have made it possible to visualise and characterise a variety of diseases that affect the RV. This review article will give a broad overview of the main RV pathology to general radiologists in particular those that manifest in adulthood. Congenital heart disease is a vast topic that is beyond the scope of this paper.

  • cardiovascular imaging
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • computed tomography

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  • Contributors SMM wrote the first draft, which was reviewed and edited by DG. SMM submitted the draft and dealt with subsequent revisions and formatting.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.