Radiological heart volume determination--a new method carried out in the sitting position

Hopf, R.; Böhmer, D.; Kaltenbach, M.

Rofo Fortschritte auf dem Gebiete der Rontgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin 127(2): 167-169


ISSN/ISBN: 1438-9029
PMID: 143410
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1230676
Accession: 068521964

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A method is described for the determination of cardiac volume with the subject in a sitting position. The results correspond with those of other accepted methods, but there are several significant advantages: 1. The position is easily maintained by the subject and the method is therefore acceptable for patients with cardiac disease. 2. The risks connected with a Valsalva effect are reduced. 3. There is no need to change the position of the x-ray tube during the examination. 4. Contrary to the traditional technique, the x-ray room does not require a very high ceiling. 5. Because of even blood distribution, the cardiac volume determinations also provide information regarding the lungs.