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Cardiac imaging planes

Dr Francis Deng and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

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

Article information

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

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Cases and figures

  • Typically acquire...
    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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  • Aortic outflow tr...
    Case 1: 3-chamber view
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