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Preprocedural Computed Tomography Evaluation for Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery

What the Surgeon Needs to Know

Dass, Chandra MBBS, DMRD*; Simpson, Scott A. DO, MS*; Steiner, Robert M. MD*; Guy, T. Sloane MD

doi: 10.1097/RTI.0000000000000170
Symposium Review Articles

The proven success of endoscopic and videoscopic surgery combined with recent advancements in telemanipulation has made the performance of minimally invasive cardiac surgery a clinical reality during the past decade. A complete understanding of the basic concepts of minimally invasive surgery and the recent advancements in peripheral cardiopulmonary bypass techniques help the cardiac imager to provide a clinically meaningful interpretation for the surgical team. In this article we present an overview of minimally invasive mitral valve surgery and the fundamentals of preprocedural computed tomography angiography imaging and highlight the usefulness of cardiac computed tomography as a supplementary tool to echocardiography.

*Department of Radiology, Section of Cardiothoracic Imaging

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence to: Scott A. Simpson DO, MS, Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging, Department of Radiology, Temple University Hospital, 3401 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140 (e-mail:

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