Pericardial Disease

  • J. Bogaert
  • A. M. Taylor
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The diagnosis of pericardial disease often remains challenging, even with modern cardiac imaging modalities. MRI has a lot to offer in the assessment of pericardial diseases, in the first place because it merges morphologic with functional imaging. A combined MRI approach including cine imaging, T1- and T2-weighted imaging and contrast-enhanced imaging allows tissue characterization of the pericardial abnormalities and assessment of the remainder of the heart, while phase-contrast MRI and real-time cine imaging can be used to assess the functional impact on cardiac filling. In this chapter the variety of congenital and acquired pericardial diseases is highlighted with particular emphasis on the value of MRI in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis.


Pericardial Effusion Constrictive Pericarditis Pericardial Fluid Pericardial Disease Restrictive Cardiomyopathy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging Research Center (MIRC)University Hospitals Gasthuisberg, Catholic University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Cardiothoracic UnitInstitute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for ChildrenLondonUK

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