Sunday, August 11, 2013

Role of Cardiac Imaging (CT/MRI) Before and After RF Catheter Ablation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Citation : Aravindan Kolandaivelu

Pre-procedure X-ray computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) angiography are commonly used to delineate the complex and variable relationship of the left atrium, pulmonary veins, and surrounding structures. 3D CT and MR angiography are routinely incorporated into electroanatomic mapping systems to guide ablation lesion placement in the context of patient specific anatomy. Post-procedure CT and MRI have also proven useful for evaluating complications such as pulmonary vein stenosis. In the future, these imaging modalities may be used to visualize more detailed tissue characteristics such as atrial fibrosis and ablation lesions. This could improve selection of patients for different treatment strategies and perhaps guide more effective ablation. This review will discuss current and emerging applications of CT and MRI before and after radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.

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