Seeing Is Believing: Experts Predict an Expanded Role for Cardiac CT in Structural Interventions (Dr. Jonathon Leipsic)
Multiple roles for cardiac CT have become ingrained in the everyday practice of structural interventionalists, but still more are emerging as the field evolves, according to cardiac imaging specialists gathered here at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting.
The simple fact that the devices that structuralists work with today are different than even a few years ago—and will continue to see rapid change—poses a challenge for those dedicated to capturing images before, during, and after the procedures.
Jonathon Leipsic, MD (St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada), reviewed the many advantages of CT in TAVR, noting that while CT’s role is this arena is well-established, “we need to still move forward with the integration of imaging almost more than ever to help improve clinical outcomes,” he said. “This is because of course now that we're performing TAVR in intermediate- and low-risk populations, the room for error and complications is totally absent.”
Yael L. Maxwell reports