Noninvasive assessment of left ventricular assist devices with cardiovascular computed tomography and impact on management.

@article{Raman2010NoninvasiveAO,
  title={Noninvasive assessment of left ventricular assist devices with cardiovascular computed tomography and impact on management.},
  author={Subha V. Raman and Anurag Sahu and Ali Z Merchant and Louis B. Louis and Michael S. Firstenberg and Benjamin Chih-An Sun},
  journal={The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation},
  year={2010},
  volume={29 1},
  pages={
          79-85
        }
}
BACKGROUND Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) provide a bridge to recovery or heart transplantation but require serial assessment. Echocardiographic approaches may be limited by device artifact and acoustic window. Cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT) may provide improved non-invasive imaging of LVADs. We evaluated the diagnostic findings and clinical impact of CCT for non-invasive assessment of patients with LVADs. METHODS CCT examinations performed between 2005 and 2008 in patients… CONTINUE READING
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