Cardiac Radiography

Jerome F. Breen, Mark J. Callahan and Margaret A. Lloyd

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Cardiac Radiography

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Chest radiographs that show cardiac abnormality are a very important part of cardiology examinations. The image of the heart and great vessels on the chest radiograph is a 2-dimensional display of dynamic 3-dimensional structures. The cardiovascular silhouette varies not only with the abnormality but also with body habitus, age, respiratory depth, cardiac cycle, and position of the patient. Cardiac radiography can be used to assess chamber size, blood flow, pericardial disease, and cardiac masses. Radiography in the setting of implanted cardicac devices is also reviewed.

Chapter.  5396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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