Multiplanar Visualization in 3D Transthoracic Echocardiography for Precise Delineation of Mitral Valve Pathology



This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Erratum Volume 25, Issue 3, i, Article first published online: 27 February 2008

  • Suman Kuppahally, Allan Paloma and David Liang contributed equally to the manuscript.

Address for correspondence and reprint requests: Suman S. Kuppahally, M.D., Department of Echocardiography, Stanford University, 3300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305. Fax: 650-723-8392;


A novel multiplanar reformatting (MPR) technique in three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (3D TTE) was used to precisely localize the prolapsed lateral segment of posterior mitral valve leaflet in a patient symptomatic with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) and moderate mitral regurgitation (MR) before undergoing mitral valve repair surgery. Transesophageal echocardiography was avoided based on the findings of this new technique by 3D TTE. It was noninvasive, quick, reproducible and reliable. Also, it did not need the time-consuming reconstruction of multiple cardiac images. Mitral valve repair surgery was subsequently performed based on the MPR findings and corroborated the findings from the MPR examination.