Show Summary Details
Page of

Right ventricular dilatation and function 

Right ventricular dilatation and function
Right ventricular dilatation and function

Petros Nihoyannopoulos

, Gustavo Restrepo Molina

, and André La Gerche

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 27 January 2022

Assessing the right ventricle by any imaging modality is a challenge because of the thin wall and crescent shape that wraps around the left ventricle. Structured echocardiographic examination using two-dimensional imaging provides a detailed regional and global qualitative assessment for routine evaluation. Quantitation is possible using one or more methods including tricuspid annulus plane systolic excursion, fractional area change, and myocardial performance index but speckle tracking deformation imaging and three-dimensional echocardiography are emerging as more robust quantitative methods. Right ventricular pressures should also be estimated routinely as long as a clear tricuspid regurgitant jet is identified.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.