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Right ventricle in adulthood: CT and MR assessment

Abstract

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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