Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2017; 65(S 03): S213-S216
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1601344
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Imaging in Cardiac Surgery: Visualizing the Heart

Arnaud Van Linden
1  Department of Cardiac Surgery, Kerckhoff Klinik, Bad Nauheim, Germany
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Jörg Seeburger
2  Department of Cardiac Surgery, Heart Center, Leipzig, Germany
,
Thilo Noack
2  Department of Cardiac Surgery, Heart Center, Leipzig, Germany
,
Volkmar Falk
3  Department of Cardiac Surgery, German Heart Center, Berlin, Germany
,
Thomas Walther
1  Department of Cardiac Surgery, Kerckhoff Klinik, Bad Nauheim, Germany
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01. März 2017

01. März 2017

Publikationsdatum:
07. April 2017 (online)

Introduction

In the physiology of human handling, the hand always follows the eye. Hence, optimal vision is indispensable to perform surgery. With the advent of minimally invasive cardiac surgery, the unobscured direct vision was no longer possible, and therefore endoscopy was introduced to enable it. Advanced endoscopic techniques, as well as catheter-based interventions, demanded improved preoperative planning based on echocardiographic or computed tomographic (CT) data. Therefore, cardiac surgeons had not only to understand and interpret imaging data but also integrate them into their daily practice. Prof. Mohr was one of the pioneers in the field as very early he realized the importance of imaging in the curriculum of a cardiac surgeon, and promoted the acquisition of imaging skills during the residency program in Leipzig. Consequently, several surgeons and anesthesiologists actively developed research projects in the field of image-guided therapy.