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Netherlands Heart Journal 1/2009

Clinical application of three-dimensional echocardiography: past, present and future

Netherlands Heart Journal > Uitgave 1/2009
S. A. Kleijn, O. Kamp
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Department of Cardiology 4D 194, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, and Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands (ICIN), Utrecht, the Netherlands


Significant advances in three-dimensional echocardiography have made this modality a powerful diagnostic tool in the cardiology clinic. It can provide accurate and reliable measurements of chamber size and function, including the quantification of left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony to guide patient selection for cardiac resynchron-isation therapy. Furthermore, three-dimensional echocardiography offers novel views and comprehensive anatomic definition of valvular and congenital abnormalities, improving diagnosis and preoperative planning. In addition, it is extremely useful in monitoring the effectiveness of surgical or percutaneous transcatheter interventions. As its efficacy for more and more clinical applications is demonstrated, it is clear that three-dimensional echocardiography has become part of the routine clinical diagnostic armamentarium. In this article, we describe the development of three-dimensional echocardiography over the last decades, review the scientific evidence for its current clinical use and discuss potential future applications. (Neth Heart J 2009;17:18-24.)

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