Use of cardiac computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in case management of atrial fibrillation with catheter ablation

Hee Gone Lee, Jaemin Shim, Jong Il Choi, Young Hoon Kim, Yu Whan Oh, Sung Ho Hwang

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia associated with the risk of morbidity and mortality in clinical patients. AF is considered as an arrhythmia type that develops and progresses through close connection with cardiac structural arrhythmogenic substrates. Since the introduction of catheter ablation-mediated electrical isolation of arrhythmogenic substrates, cardiac imaging indicates improved treatment outcome and prognosis with appropriate candidate selection, ablation catheter guidance, and post-ablation follow-up. Currently, cardiac computed tomography (CCT) and cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging are essential in the case management of AF at both pre-and post-procedural stages of catheter ablation. In this review, we discuss the roles and technical considerations of CCT and CMR imaging in the management of patients with AF undergoing catheter ablation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-708
Number of pages14
JournalKorean journal of radiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Received November 6, 2018; accepted after revision January 21, 2019. This study was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2018R1D1A1A02085358). Corresponding author: Sung Ho Hwang, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, Korea University Anam Hospital, 73 Inchon-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Korea. • Tel: (822) 920-6289 • Fax: (822) 929-3796 • E-mail: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Korean Society of Radiology.


  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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