Cardiac imaging planes

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Cardiac imaging planes are used to orientate imaging in cardiac MRI, and are reconstructed for cardiac CT. There are three main planes, which are centred on a line (using body imaging planes) from the cardiac apex to the middle of the mitral valve, that is the true long axis of the heart 1,2

  • short axis plane
  • horizontal long axis plane (four-chamber view)
    • horizontal plane perpendicular to short axis
  • vertical long axis plane (two-chamber view)
    • vertical plane orthogonal to short axis

Further views include 1,2:

  • left ventricular outflow view (three-chamber view)
  • right ventricular outflow view
  • oblique sagittal
    • parallel to aortic axis
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Article information

rID: 43538
System: Cardiac
Section: Radiography
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Planes used in cardiac imaging

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