Cardiothoracic Imaging
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Anterior radiographic view of cardiac anatomy

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Cardiac anatomy
Coronary territories


Graphic superimposition of the heart and great vessels shows the position of the significant segments and boundaries of the various chambers. Within the cardiac silhouette most non-calcified soft tissue structures such as the valves are not apparent since they merge with the similar radiographic density of the blood pool. Only where there is calcification (such as the mitral annulus or aortic valve) will a structure be specifically identified within the cardiac silhouette.

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