Review Article - Lines, tubes and devices

Chest radiographs of cardiac devices (Part 2): Ventricular assist devices

Rishi P. Mathew, Timothy Alexander, Vimal Patel, Gavin Low
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 23, No 1 | a1732 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v23i1.1732 | © 2019 ishi P. Mathew, Timothy Alexander, Vimal Patel, Gavin Low | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 March 2019 | Published: 31 July 2019

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Rishi P. Mathew, Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Timothy Alexander, Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Vimal Patel, Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Gavin Low, Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


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Abstract

Heart failure is considered a worldwide pandemic affecting 26 million people globally. Patients who are unfit or waiting for cardiac transplantation may benefit from alternate mechanical support therapies using ventricular assist devices. It is not uncommon for radiologists, especially those working in institutions with a high volume of cardiac transplantations, to be presented with radiographs containing these devices. The role of the radiologist is not only to accurately identify these devices, but also to evaluate for any complications.


Keywords

Left ventricular assist device; right ventricular assist device; intra-aortic balloon pump; extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; berlin heart; heartmate II; heartware LVAD; heartmate III

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