Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 743–750 | Cite as

Pattern-based approach to fetal congenital cardiovascular anomalies using the transverse aortic arch view on prenatal cardiac MRI

  • Su-Zhen Dong
  • Ming ZhuEmail author
Pictorial Essay


Fetal echocardiography is the imaging modality of choice for prenatal diagnosis of congenital cardiovascular anomalies. However, echocardiography has limitations. Fetal cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has the potential to complement US in detecting congenital cardiovascular anomalies. This article draws on our experience; it describes the transverse aortic arch view on fetal cardiac MRI and important clues on an abnormal transverse view at the level of the aortic arch to the diagnosis of fetal congenital cardiovascular anomalies.


Fetal heart Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging Congenital heart disease Prenatal diagnosis 


Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Shanghai Children’s Medical CenterShanghai Jiaotong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina

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