Imaging modalities for detection and treatment of cardiovascular thrombus

Rodrigo Mendirichaga, Joel E. Fishman, Claudia A. Martinez

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Coronary and intracardiac thrombi represent a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and in the United States. Imaging plays an important role in the evaluation of cardiovascular thrombus. Coronary angiography remains the modality of choice for the identification of a thrombus-containing lesion in the coronary circulation. However, more sensitive modalities, including intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography, can be used in specific situations. Echocardiography remains the mainstay imaging modality for the evaluation of intracardiac thrombus. Complementary modalities, including cardiac computed tomography angiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, have gained significant clinical relevance in recent times and are used in particular scenarios. Selecting the appropriate imaging modality is crucial for the identification, prognosis, and treatment of a patient with a cardiovascular thrombus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCardiovascular Thrombus
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Pathology and Clinical Presentations to Imaging, Pharmacotherapy and Interventions
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780128126158
ISBN (Print)9780128126165
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Cardiac computed tomography angiography
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
  • Coronary angiography
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Thrombus
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Transthoracic echocardiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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