Multimodality imaging of foreign bodies in and around the heart

Jeffery E. Illman, Joseph Maleszewski, Suzanne C. Byrne, Michael Gotway, Seth J. Kligerman, Thomas A. Foley, Phillip M. Young, John P. Bois, Neera Malik, Jonathan M. Morris, Philip A Araoz

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Foreign objects are occasionally seen on computed tomography and could pose a diagnostic challenge to the radiologist and clinicians. It is important to recognize, characterize and localize these objects and determine their clinical significance. Most foreign objects in and around the heart are the result of direct penetrating injury or represent venous embolization to the heart. Foreign objects may cause symptoms and require prompt medical attention or maybe asymptomatic. Clinicians should be familiar with foreign objects that are encountered and understand treatment options. This paper looks at some of foreign objects that can be found and correlates with pathology where possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-371
Number of pages21
JournalFuture Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • CT cardiac
  • emboli to heart
  • foreign bodies heart

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Molecular Medicine


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