Valvular heart medicine revolves around the need to accurately identify locations of pathological structures and/or the interventional tools needed to manage that pathology. The imaging of the valves is developing at an enormous pace and the clinician must be aware of the advantages of each modality and how it compares to the others available.
There is a need for a practical, clinical atlas designed to work the reader through cases and assessing the gold standard choices available to physicians. This atlas will represent the full multimodality imaging decisions needed when assessing mitral valvular disorders. Within this atlas the authors will be presenting a comprehensive pictorial overview of the highly complex pathology/treatment techniques and management in this diverse group of patients with varied mitral valvular pathologies.
Imaging modalities move fast representing challenge to practitioners. This atlas will enable them to learn the choices available and be well versed in techniques. It will therefore be essential reading for all cardiac imagers, surgeons, interventionalists, anesthetists and trainees in these disciplines.
About the Author
Milind Desai, MD, is a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, cardiac CT and nuclear cardiology. He holds dual appointment in the departments of cardiovascular medicine and radiology.