Normal Left and Right Ventricular Volume and Function

  • Ralf Wassmuth
  • Jeanette Schulz-Menger
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)


Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) allows for precise quantification of all four cardiac chambers and represents the gold standard for left ventricular mass and systolic function as well as for all four cavity volumes. This information has prognostic importance and implications for the management of heart failure. This chapter reviews the way cardiac chambers and the large vessels should be depicted and analyzed with CMR. Potential pitfalls and areas of uncertainty are discussed.


Cardiac magnetic resonance Left ventricular function Right ventricle Right atrium Left atrium Diastolic function Mass Trabeculae Papillary muscles Protocol 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf Wassmuth
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jeanette Schulz-Menger
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Working Group on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Experimental and Clinical Research Center-a joint cooperation between the Charité Medical Faculty and the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular MedicineBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Internal Medicine and Cardiology Department, Oberhavel-Kliniken HennigsdorfHennigsdorfGermany
  3. 3.HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch, Department of Cardiology and NephrologyBerlinGermany

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