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the angle between the heart and the diaphragm at either the right or left side of the cardiac projection on imaging (usually the chest x-ray film). The right cardiophrenic angle is normally indistinguishable from the cardiohepatic angle radiographically but may be bridged by the inferior vena cava.
car·di·o·phren·ic an·gle(kahr'dē-ō-fren'ik ang'gĕl)
The angle between the heart and the diaphragm at either side of the cardiac projection, usually as seen in a posteroanterior chest x-ray.
The medial inferior corner of the pulmonary cavity bordered by the heart and diaphragm.
See also: angle
pertaining to the heart and diaphragm.
viewed on radiographs as the angle formed by shadows of the diaphragm and the heart. Alterations may be used to assess changes in the size and position of the heart.
see phrenicocardial ligament.