Figure 35a

Family of two-dimensional apical views from a normal subject.
A. Systolic frame of the four-chamber view shows the relations of the cardiac chambers, atrioventricular valves, and the interatrial and interventricular septa to each other . Note that the insertion of the tricuspid valve (TV) is inferior (mor apical ) to that of the mitral valve (MV) and that the common problem of partial drop-out of the midportion of the interatrial septum (IAS) is apparent. The entry of the pulmonary veins (Pvn) into the left atrium (LA) is clearly seen.
B. Systolic frame of the two-chamber view shows the left ventricle and left atrium with the closed mitral valve.
C. Systolic frame of the long-axis view shows the aortic valve (AoV) and the proximal portion of the ascending aorta (Ao). The anterolateral and postermedial walls of the left ventricle (LV) and the left atrium are also seen. The posteromedial papillary muscle, arising near the apex, may be seen in this view. D. Five-chamber view includes a portion of the aorta (Ao) seen at the junction formed by the cardiac septa and atrioventricular valves as well as the right (RA) and left atria and right (RV) and left ventricles.

J.M. Felner, R.P. Martin, The Echocardiogram, The Hurst's The Heart, 8th ed., p 390.

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