CT: Axial heart  

This image shows an axial view of the heart. Here is a reference PA chest film showing the approximate level of this slice, and here is a comparable image from the Visible man. As in all axial (transverse) images, the patient is lying supine and you are observing from the patient's feet up. The imaging of tissue densities follows the same general principles as for conventional X-ray images.


Identify the following:

1. sternum

2. left ribs

3. right pulmonary vein ...draining into the...

4. left atrium

5. left ventricle

6. mitral valve

7. right atrium

8. right ventricle

9. interventricular septum

10. descending aorta

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