Radial ICE can be used to obtain especially informative electroanatomic correlations and has been described extensively during atrial fibrillation ablations. [1,2,3] Aside from guiding the localization of pulmonary vein potentials during intra left atrial ICE guided procedures (shown in Radial ICE for Left Atrial Procedures) there are several instances where radial ICE facilitated electroanatomic correlates can discern situations where ablation is not necessary during atrial fibrillation ablations. The left atrial appendage is often located quite close to the left superior pulmonary vein and left atrial appendage far-field electrograms can be confused with pulmonary vein potentials if this is not suspected based upon electroanatomic correlation. Figure 1A depicts the radial ICE catheter positioned in the left superior pulmonary vein (adjacent to the left atrial appendage) and 1B shows the intracardiac electrograms (EGM) recorded in the left upper PV (darker, smaller amplitude) and LAA (lighter, larger amplitude); The LUPV signal appears to be a low-pass filtered version of the LAA signal.
Figure 1 Left Atrial Appendage Electrogram Mimicking Left Upper PV Potential. Image A depicts the radial ICE catheter positioned in the left superior pulmonary vein and B shows the corresponding intracardiac electrogram (EGM) recorded in the left superior PV (darker, smaller amplitude). EGM’s from within the LUPV (darker) and LAA (lighter, larger amplitude) are superimposed.
One can also see potentials derived from contiguous myocardium outside the region subtended by catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. [2,3] These potentials may be located near the LA roof in region of Waterston’s groove, proximal Bachmann’s bundle, and superior caval musculature. For example, distinct EGM’s can be recorded from within the right superior pulmonary vein that may look like, but do not represent, latent PV potentials.
Figure 2 Myocardial Potential in the Right Upper Pulmonary Vein that may Represent Bachmann’s Bundle Potential. The ICE image shows typical right pulmonary venous antral image with the tip of ICE catheter just within the entrance to the RUPV and the RLPV obliquely viewed. The ablation catheter is located on the roof of the RUPV. A myocardial potential located ~28msec after the onset of the surface P wave is shown before (pre-RFA) and after (post-RFA) ablation of pulmonary vein (PV) potential. We surmise (though cannot prove) that this myocardial potential represents Bachmann’s bundle potential (BB).
Figure 2 shows the typical radial ICE view when positioned in the right upper pulmonary vein. There are two distinct EGM’s recorded; the earlier signal ~28 msec after the onset of the surface P wave and the later signal ~70msec after the onset of the surface P wave. The later signal represents a true pulmonary vein (PV) potential that is successfully ablated and the earlier signal remains after the ablation; we surmise (though cannot prove) this represents Bachmann’s bundle potential (BB). This signal can often be seen in the right upper pulmonary vein <30msec after the onset of the surface P wave and its presence does not reflect residual PV potentials. Bachmann’s bundle (also called the interauricular band) has a myoarchitecture that displays parallel alignment of fibers along distinct muscle bundles.  Bachmann’s bundle extends from the SVC, crossing the interatrial groove, passing leftward in the left atrium.
Intracardiac radial ICE can provide detailed anatomy, guide catheter ablation, enhance procedural safety, and facilitate ablative strategies; it is readily available but generally underutilized. Furthermore, ICE has utility for reducing fluoroscopy times by rendering the operator less dependent upon traditional fluoroscopic monitoring of catheter movement and position. [4,6] Radial intracardiac echo offers 360º views of cardiac anatomy not commonly encountered with traditional phased array catheter or even transthoracic/transesophageal echo though it offers comprehensive utility in guiding EP procedures.
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