The use of imaging in new transcatheter interventions: an EACVI review paper

Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Aug;17(8):835-835af. doi: 10.1093/ehjci/jew043. Epub 2016 Jun 16.


Transcatheter therapies for the treatment of valve heart diseases have expanded dramatically over the last years. The new developments and improvements in devices and techniques, along with the increasing expertise of operators, have turned the catheter-based approaches for valvular disease into an established treatment option. Various imaging techniques are used during these procedures, but echocardiography plays an essential role during patient selection, intra-procedural monitoring, and post-procedure follow-up. The echocardiographic assessment of patients undergoing transcatheter interventions places demands on echocardiographers that differ from those of the routine evaluation of patients with valve disease, and there is a need for specific expertise for those working in the cath lab. In the context of the current rapid developments and growing use of transcatheter valve therapies, this document intends to update the previous recommendations and address new advancements in imaging, particularly for those involved in any stage of the treatment of patients with valvular heart diseases.

Keywords: Cath lab; Echocardiography; Interventions; Structural heart disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Catheterization / methods
  • Cardiac Catheterization / trends
  • Echocardiography
  • Echocardiography, Three-Dimensional / methods*
  • Echocardiography, Transesophageal / methods
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Heart Valve Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Heart Valve Diseases / therapy
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation / methods
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation / trends
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Multidetector Computed Tomography / methods*
  • Patient Safety
  • Patient Selection
  • Prosthesis Design*
  • Risk Adjustment
  • Societies, Medical
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement / methods*
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement / trends
  • Treatment Outcome