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Case 1493

CT demonstration of left superior vena cava

Author(s)
S. Sala, R. Rizzati, A. Giombi, M. Rollo, R. Galeotti
 
Patient
female, 65 year(s)
 
 
  • Figure 1
    Angio CT of the chest
     

    CT scan at the level of the aortic arch shows the presence of right and left superior vena cava posterior to the sternum. Absence of the left brachiocephalic vein may be observed.

     
    Area of Interest: unknown; Imaging Technique: Angio CT of the chest;

    CT scan at the level of left hylum shows the left superior vena cava passing anterior to the left pulmonary artery.

     
    Area of Interest: unknown; Imaging Technique: Angio CT of the chest;

    At the level of the heart, this CT scan shows the left superior vena cava passing lateral to the left atrium, directed towards a dilated coronary sinus.

     
    Area of Interest: unknown; Imaging Technique: Angio CT of the chest;
     
     
  • Figure 2
    Volume rendering reconstruction

    3-dimensional reconstruction of the spiral CT data set shows the characteristic appearance of the left superior vena cava and its course in the left side of the mediastinum.

     
    Area of Interest: unknown; Imaging Technique: Volume rendering reconstruction;
     
     
CT scan at the level of the aortic arch shows the presence of right and left superior vena cava posterior to the sternum. Absence of the left brachiocephalic vein may be observed.
 
CT scan at the level of left hylum shows the left superior vena cava passing anterior to the left pulmonary artery.
 
At the level of the heart, this CT scan shows the left superior vena cava passing lateral to the left atrium, directed towards a dilated coronary sinus.
 
3-dimensional reconstruction of the spiral CT data set shows the characteristic appearance of the left superior vena cava and its course in the left side of the mediastinum.
 
 
 
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