Imaging for cardiac electrophysiology

SA Journal of Radiology

Field Value
Title Imaging for cardiac electrophysiology
Creator Desjardins, Benoit
Subject Radiology; Cardiology Imaging; Heart; Electrophysiology; Ablation
Description Clinical cardiac electrophysiology is the study of the origin and treatment of arrhythmia. There has been considerable recent development in this field, where imaging has had a transformational impact. In this invited review, we offer a global overview of the most important developments in the use of imaging in cardiac electrophysiology. We first describe the radiological imaging modalities involved in cardiac electrophysiology, to assess cardiac anatomy, function and scar. We then introduce an imaging modality with which readers are probably unfamiliar (electroanatomical mapping [EAM]), but which is routinely used by electrophysiologists to plan and guide cardiac mapping and cardiac ablation therapy by catheter, a therapy which can reduce or even cure arrhythmia. We identify the limitations of EAM and describe how radiological imaging modalities can complement this technique. We then describe and illustrate how imaging has helped the diagnosis of arrhythmogenic conditions, and how imaging is used to plan and guide clinical cardiac electrophysiologic procedures and assess their results and complications. We focus on the two most common arrhythmias for which imaging has the greatest impact: atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2016-11-11
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Review
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajr.v20i2.1048
Source South African Journal of Radiology; Vol 20, No 2 (2016); 8 pages 2078-6778 1027-202X
Language eng
Coverage Earth latest none
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Benoit Desjardins