Echocardiography in Guiding Cardiac Interventions
Tuesday, April 5, 10:45-2:15 PM

Advances in transducer technology have made three-dimensional echocardiography feasible for routine use in the echocardiographic assessment of cardiovascular disease. Whether its transthoracic echo (TTE) or transesophageal echo (TEE), the engineering advances in hardware and software enable 2D and 3D imaging of cardiac structures that help guide interventional procedures, including septal defects, valve repairs and electrophysiology procedures.

As more and more patients present with valve pathology and as the U.S. gets closer to approving percutaneous valve repair, the use of echo in these patients will be especially critical. Real-time 3D TEE helps interventional cardiologists to precisely size and fit the valve. While echo remains the modality of choice for structural defects such as ASD/PFO closures, it will become increasingly vital in the arena of percutaneous valve repair. Now is the time for interventional cardiologists to review and learn how TTE and TEE can be optimally used in these patients.

Speaker Information
  • Itzhak Kronzon, MD, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City -- 2D and 3DEchocardiography in ASD/PFO Closure
  • Stanton K. Shernan, MD, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston -- 2D and 3D TEE in Mitral Valve Surgical Planning
  • Ernesto E. Salcedo, MD, University of Colorado, Denver -- 2D and 3D Echocardiography in Guiding Percutaneous Aortic Valve Procedures
  • Linda D. Gillam, MD, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City -- 2D and 3D Echocardiography in Guiding Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair and Paravalvular Leaks
  • Krishnaswamy Chandrasekaran, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. -- Echocardiography in Guiding Electrophysiologic Interventions
  • Sunil V. Mankad, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. -- Echocardiography for Guidance of Pericardial and Biopsy Procedures