Imaging for Native Mitral Valve Surgical and Transcatheter Interventions

JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2021 Jan;14(1):112-127. doi: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2020.11.021.


There has been rapid progress in transcatheter therapies for mitral regurgitation. These developments have elevated the need for the imager to have a core understanding of the functional mitral valve anatomy. Pre- and intraoperative echocardiography for surgical mitral valve repair for mitral regurgitation has defined contemporary interventional imaging in many ways. The central tenets of these principles apply to interventional imaging of transcatheter mitral valve interventions. However, the heightened emphasis on procedural planning and procedural imaging is one of the new challenges posed by transcatheter interventions. This need for accurate and reliable information has required the imager to be agnostic to the imaging modality. Cardiac computed tomography has become critical in procedural planning in this new paradigm. The expanded use of pre-procedural cardiac magnetic resonance to quantify mitral regurgitation and characterize the left ventricle is another illustration of this newer approach. Other illustrations of the new world of interventional imaging include the expanded use of 3-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography and real-time fusion of echocardiography and fluoroscopy images. Imaging data are also the basis for computational modeling, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence. These technologies are being increasingly explored to improve therapy selection and prediction of procedural outcomes. This review provides an update of the essentials in present interventional imaging for surgical and transcatheter interventions for mitral regurgitation.

Keywords: Barlow mitral valve; MitraClip; beating heart chordal implant; mitral regurgitation; mitral valve; mitral valve anatomy for interventions; transcatheter mitral valve interventions; transcatheter mitral valve repair; transcatheter mitral valve replacement.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation*
  • Humans
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency* / surgery
  • Mitral Valve* / surgery
  • Predictive Value of Tests