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Aortography and Ventriculography

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .75
Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
Expiration date: March 7, 2027
Reviewed: March 5, 2024


Aortography and ventriculography are more specialized imaging techniques used in the cardiac catheterization laboratory for specific diagnoses and for specific indications. Ventriculography is an important diagnostic imaging modality to assess left ventricular function, regional wall motion abnormalities, severity of mitral regurgitation, certain congenital and shunt conditions such as ventricular septal defect.

During acute MI, ventriculography can be useful to determine an infarct zone or infarct artery. In some cases, ventriculography may make less common diagnoses such as ventricular aneurysms, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or ventricular diverticulae. Aortography is commonly used to make diagnoses in aortic valve disease as well as to define aortic pathology such as aneurysms. Occasionally, the location of venous bypass grafts are best determined by aortography. Proper technique and interpretation are always required.

You Will Learn

  • To define the diagnoses that are made by ascending aortic aortography.
  • To correlate the optimal imaging views used for aortography and ventriculography to specific disease states.
  • To characterize the severity of aortic regurgitation based on angiographic and hemodynamic information.
  • To identify and characterize ejection fraction, regional wall motion abnormalities, aneurysms, and less common conditions such as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or ventricular septal defect by left ventriculography.

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close that tab.

Michael Ragosta III, MD

Dr. Michael Ragosta is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology. His clinical practice includes complex percutaneous coronary intervention, myocardial infarction, valvular heart disease, structural heart disease, and general cardiology. Dr. Ragosta is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at UVA and author of numerous textbooks related to cardiac catheterization and hemodynamic interpretation.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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