Imaging Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

Theodore Abraham, David Kass, Giovanni Tonti, Gery F. Tomassoni, William T. Abraham, Jeroen J. Bax, Thomas H. Marwick

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Although a prognostic benefit has been shown from cardiac resynchronization therapy, questions are often directed toward the prediction of symptomatic or functional benefit. Recent multicenter trials have shown the pitfalls of current mechanical markers of left ventricular synchrony, but these negative trial results have not marked the conclusion of efforts to predict outcome. Potential new contributors to the assessment of mechanical synchrony include echocardiographic and magnetic resonance techniques for the assessment of myocardial deformation. Nonsynchrony markers that seem promising include assessment of the location and extent of myocardial scar and imaging of the coronary venous and phrenic nerve anatomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)486-497
Number of pages12
JournalJACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • LV dysfunction
  • cardiac magnetic resonance
  • computed tomography
  • echocardiography
  • heart failure
  • synchrony

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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