Tissue characterization of a papillary fibroelastoma on the aortic valve by contrast-enhanced 320-detector row computed tomography

George Barbier, Jesus Gustavo Vazquez Figueroa, Sarah Rinehart, Zhen Qian, Parag Joshi, Charles Willmer, Szilard Voros

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A 56-year-old woman with a mass on the aortic valve as seen on echocardiogram underwent pre-operative contrast-enhanced cardiac computed tomography prior to removal. The mass was confirmed to be a papillary fibroelastoma histologically. Spatial co-registration between the contrast-enhanced CT cross-sectional images of the mass and the Movat's pentachrome staining revealed an association of elastic fibers with higher levels of attenuation and collagen fibers with lower levels of attenuation on CT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-347
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of cardiovascular computed tomography
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010



  • Benign cardiac tumors
  • Computed tomographic angiography
  • Fibroelastoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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