Aortic valve calcification

Last revised by Dr Rohit Sharma on 27 Jul 2021

Aortic valve calcification can be an important incidental observation in thoracic radiography or CT imaging. It is considered a marker for clinically significant aortic stenosis.

Epidemiology

According to some reports, aortic valve calcification may be prevalent as an incidental finding in up to 18% of multidetector CT scans dependent on study population 4.

Radiographic features

Some authors suggest aortic valve calcification should always be commented upon in the radiology reports 6.

Plain radiograph

On chest radiography, and the presence of such calcifications are usually best seen on the lateral radiograph 1.

CT

ECG gated CT scans are best at assessment and quantification

See also

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: with aortic valve stenosis
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