Cardiothoracic Imaging
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Gross structure of the myocardium

Echo LPLA view
Echo short axis view
Cardiac anatomy


This figure illustrates a segmental cut through the lateral left ventricular myocardium. Most of the course of the major coronary arteries lie in the epicardium on the surface of the heart, with the vessel often embedded in fat. Here the epicardial coronary artery shown here as an obtuse marginal vessel demonstrates that the main artery lies in an epicardial position surrounded by fat with smaller perforating vessels penetrating through the myocardial wall particularly to supply segments such as the septum.

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