Multimodality imaging of heart valve disease

Arq Bras Cardiol. 2014 Sep;103(3):251-63. doi: 10.5935/abc.20140057. Epub 2014 May 9.
[Article in English, Portuguese]


Unidentified heart valve disease is associated with a significant morbidity and mortality. It has therefore become important to accurately identify, assess and monitor patients with this condition in order that appropriate and timely intervention can occur. Although echocardiography has emerged as the predominant imaging modality for this purpose, recent advances in cardiac magnetic resonance and cardiac computed tomography indicate that they may have an important contribution to make. The current review describes the assessment of regurgitant and stenotic heart valves by multimodality imaging (echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance) and discusses their relative strengths and weaknesses.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Imaging Techniques / methods*
  • Echocardiography / methods
  • Heart Valve Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Heart Valve Diseases / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Multimodal Imaging / methods*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed