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European Radiology

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 151–162 | Cite as

Preoperative assessment and follow-up of congenital abnormalities of the pulmonary arteries using CT and MRI

  • Sebastian LeyEmail author
  • Julia Zaporozhan
  • Raoul Arnold
  • Joachim Eichhorn
  • Jens-Peter Schenk
  • Herbert Ulmer
  • Karl-Friedrich Kreitner
  • Hans-Ulrich Kauczor
Pediatric

Abstract

Congenital heart disease (CHD), including complex anomalies of the pulmonary arteries, are now earlier diagnosed and treated. Due to improvements in interventional and surgical therapy, the number of patients with the need for follow-up examinations is increasing. Pre- and postinterventional imaging should be done as gently as possible, avoiding invasive techniques if possible. With the technical improvement of multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), both techniques are increasingly used for noninvasive assessment of the pulmonary vasculature in children with CHD. Knowledge of the most common diseases affecting the pulmonary vasculature and the kind of surgical and interventional procedures is essential for optimal imaging planning. This is especially important because interventions can be positively influenced by high-quality imaging. Therefore, the most common diseases and procedures are described and imaging modality of choice and important image findings are discussed.

Keywords

Pulmonary arteries MDCT MRI Paediatric 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastian Ley
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Julia Zaporozhan
    • 2
  • Raoul Arnold
    • 3
    • 5
  • Joachim Eichhorn
    • 3
  • Jens-Peter Schenk
    • 1
  • Herbert Ulmer
    • 3
  • Karl-Friedrich Kreitner
    • 4
  • Hans-Ulrich Kauczor
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric RadiologyUniversity Children’s HospitalHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Radiology (E010)German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)HeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Department of CardiologyUniversity Children’s HospitalHeidelbergGermany
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyUniversity Hospital MainzMainzGermany
  5. 5.Department of Pediatric CardiologyUniversity Children’s HospitalFreiburgGermany

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