Role of CT imaging in left atrial appendage occlusion for the WATCHMAN™ device
Kaafarani M, Saw J, Daniels M, Song T, Rollet M, Kesinovic S, Lamorgese T, Kubiak K, Qi Z, Pantelic M, O'Neill W, and Wang DD. Role of CT imaging in left atrial appendage occlusion for the WATCHMAN™ device. Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy 2020; 10(1):45-58.
Cardiovasc Diagn Ther
Computed tomography (CT) plays a key role in the peri-procedural planning of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) device placement and post-procedural evaluation. The geometric variability of the interatrial septum, left atrium, and the left atrial appendage morphology can be fully visualized and intuitively appreciated through CT-derived, patient-specific 3D model unique to each individual's anatomy. This review further defines the strengths and limitations of CT peri-procedural imaging in the planning of LAAO.