Eyes of the Heart Team – the interventional imaging specialist: a pathway for future generations

EuroIntervention 2019;15:828-830. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV15I10A156

Nicolo Piazza
Nicolo Piazza1, MD, PhD; Victoria Delgado2, MD, PhD; Darren Mylotte3, MB, BCh, MD; Christian Hamm4, MD, PhD
1. Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, McGill University Health Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, QC, Canada; 2. Department of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands; 3. Department of Cardiology, Galway University Hospitals, SOALTA Health Care Group, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; 4. Campus Kerckhoff, University of Giessen, Bad Nauheim, Germany

The importance of multimodality imaging for structural heart disease interventions was demonstrated during the first decade of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and transcatheter edge-to-edge mitral valve repair (2002-2012)1,2. While cardiac computed tomography (CT) has been critical for patient and device selection, as well as for providing optimal fluoroscopic projections for TAVI, protocolisation of echocardiography was instrumental in providing reproducible results during and after transcatheter edge-to-edge mitral valve repair. Nowadays, cardiac CT and echocardiography play a vital role across a spectrum of structural heart disease interventions (e.g., paravalvular leak closure, ventricular septal defect closure, transcatheter mitral valve replacement, ...

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