Usefulness of Live/Real Time Three-Dimensional Transthoracic Echocardiography in the Assessment of Atrioventricular Septal Defects

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We studied nine patients (five newborns and infants, two children, and two adults) with atrioventricular septal defects (four complete, one intermediate, and four partial) utilizing live/real time three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (3DTTE) and a 4-MHz matrix array transducer. In all patients, 3DTTE provided additional morphological and/or functional information as compared to standard two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (2DTTE). 3DTTE may be a useful supplement to 2DTTE in the assessment of atrioventricular septal defects.

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