The radiology insight into the aortic root Part I: Anatomy and function
|During the past decade, advances in Multidetector Computed Tomography (MDCT) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) have led to their current role as techniques of choice for the evaluation of the entire spectrum of aortic diseases. Based on their noninvasiveness and reproducibility they are essential part of everyday practice especially in the pre- and postreatment evaluation of the aorta. The aortic root is an important complex structural unit realizing the anatomical and functional connection between the left ventricle outflow tract (LVOT) and ascending aorta. The purpose of the article is to illustrate the imaging approach to the aortic root based on the current knowledge of the anatomy and physiology including insights on the aortic valve.
Key words: MDCT. MRA. AORTIC ROOT. AORTIC VALVE.ANATOMY