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Ann Pediatr Cardiol. 2011 Jul;4(2):177-82. doi: 10.4103/0974-2069.84666.

Understanding the physiology of complex congenital heart disease using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

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Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India.

Abstract

Complex congenital heart diseases are often associated with complex alterations in hemodynamics. Understanding these key hemodynamic changes is critical to making management decisions including surgery and postoperative management. Existing tools for imaging and hemodynamic assessment like echocardiography, computed tomography and cardiac catheterization have inherent limitations. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is emerging as a powerful bouquet of tools that allow not only excellent imaging, but also a unique insight into hemodynamics. This article introduces the reader to cardiac MRI and its utility through the clinical example of a child with a complex congenital cyanotic heart disease.

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Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging; complex congenital heart disease; hemodynamic assessment

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