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ABSTRACT: In this study, a case of a right ventricular myxoma and a case of a right ventricular hemangioma are used to demonstrate the ability of live three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE) to assess the site of tumor attachment. Because 3DTEE has the ability to visualize desired structures in multiple planes, we defined the attached portion of the tumors and measured the en face view dimensions. In addition, the improved ability of 3DTEE to evaluate tissue characteristics allowed differentiation of the heterogeneous myxoma and highly vascular hemangioma. On the contrary, because two-dimensional (2D) TEE only allows structures to be viewed in a 2D plane, the attachment site can be located but complete delineation and measurement of area is not possible. As surgical options become less invasive, accurate attachment site location and size will become more important to ensure complete excision.
Echocardiography 09/2011; 28(9):1041-5. · 1.26 Impact Factor