Masses in right side of the heart: spectrum of imaging findings

Masses in right side of the heart: spectrum of imaging findings


  • Silvia Pradella Department of Radiology, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy
  • Giulia Grazzini Department of Radiology, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy
  • Mayla Letteriello Department of Radiology, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy
  • Cristian De Amicis Department of Radiology, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy
  • Roberta Grassi Department of Precision Medicine, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Naples, Italy
  • Nicola Maggialetti Department of Medicine and Health Sciences “V. Tiberio”, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy
  • Mattia Carbone Department of Radiology, S. Giovanni and Ruggi D’Aragona Hospital, Salerno, Italy
  • Pierpaolo Palumbo Department of Biotechnology and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Marina Carotti Università politecnica delle Marche, School of Medicine and University Hospital “Umberto I-Lancisi-Salesi”, Department of Radiology, Ancona, Italy
  • Ernesto Di Cesare Department of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Andrea Giovagnoni Università politecnica delle Marche, School of Medicine and University Hospital “Umberto I-Lancisi-Salesi”, Department of Radiology, Ancona, Italy
  • Diletta Cozzi Department of Radiology, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy
  • Vittorio Miele Department of Radiology, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy


Cardiac radiology; Heart tumors; Cardiac CT; Cardiac MRI


Primary heart tumors are rare, benign tumors represent the majority of these. If a cardiac mass is found, the probability that it is a metastasis or a so-called “pseudo-mass” is extremely higher than a primary tumor. The detection of a heart mass during a transthoracic echocardiography (TE) is often unexpected. The TE assessment can be difficult, particularly if the mass is located at the level of the right chambers. Cardiac Computed Tomography (CCT) can be useful in anatomical evaluation and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) for masses characterization as well. We provide an overview of right cardiac masses and their imaging futures.


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