Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation of Complex Congenital Heart Disease

  • Ashwin Prakash
  • Tal GevaEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)


Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) plays an important role in the evaluation of patients with complex congenital heart disease. It overcomes many of the limitations of echocardiography (e.g., restricted acoustic windows), computed tomography (e.g., exposure to ionizing radiation, limited functional information), and cardiac catheterization (e.g., exposure to ionizing radiation, morbidity, high cost). This chapter discusses the role of CMR in the evaluation of patients with conotruncal malformations (tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries, truncus arteriosus, and interrupted aortic arch) and patients with single ventricle heart disease. For each of these congenital defects, the role of CMR during preoperative evaluation and for postoperative surveillance is discussed. Long-term morbidities commonly associated with each condition are described. A suggested CMR imaging protocol for each defect is provided.


Cardiac magnetic resonance Congenital heart disease Conotruncal malformations Single ventricle Tetralogy of Fallot Transposition of the great arteries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CardiologyBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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