Service de cardiologie pédiatrique, hôpital des enfants, 330 avenue de Grande-Bretagne, 31026 Toulouse
Real time 3D echocardiography in congenital heart diseases: reality or future.The introduction of real time three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography has led to its use in everyday clinical practice. The 3D matrix probe enables the instantaneous acquisition of transthoracic volumes. Several modes of 3D are available: 3D volume, biplan and 3D color Doppler. Real time 3D echocardiography gave a more accurate description of various congenital heart diseases as well as valvulopathy, shunt and aorta pathology. Fetal 3D echocardiography is available. Quantitative measurement of ventricular volumes could be obtained by 3D echocardiography. The facility of utilisation of the matrix probe should lead to routine usage of 3D echocardiography as with 2D and Doppler method. Its values should be decisive in many congenital cardiac lesions requiring surgery or interventional catheterisation.