Cardiac imaging planes

Last revised by Francis Deng on 10 Mar 2020

Cardiac imaging planes are standard orientations for displaying the heart on MRICT, SPECT, and PET, similar to those used in echocardiography. The planes are defined in reference to the long axis of the left ventricle, which is the line that connects the ventricular apex to the center of the mitral valve 4-6

Additional views have also been defined 1,2:

  • left ventricular outflow view (three-chamber view)
    • plane that contains the left ventricular apex, center of the mitral valve, and center of the aortic valve
  • right ventricular outflow view
  • oblique sagittal
    • parallel to aortic axis

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: short axis view
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  • Case 1: 4-chamber view
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  • Case 1: 2-chamber view
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  • Case 1: 3-chamber view
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