Prevalence of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) is rapidly increasing due to continuous advancements in diagnostic techniques and medical or surgical treatment approaches. Along with cardiac computed tomography angiography, cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) serves as a fundamental imaging modality for pre-surgical planning in patients with CHD, as CMR allows for the evaluation of cardiac and great vessel anatomy, biventricular function, flow dynamics, and tissue characterization. This information is essential for risk-assessment and optimal timing of surgical interventions. This article discusses the current role of pediatric cardiac MR imaging as a practical preoperative assessment tool in the pediatric population.
Muscogiuri G, Suranyi P, Eid M, Varga-Szemes A, Griffith L, Pontone G, Schoepf UJ, De Cecco CN. Pediatric Cardiac MR Imaging: Practical Preoperative Assessment. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am 2019 May;27(2):243-262. doi: 10.1016/j.mric.2019.01.004. Epub 2019 Feb 14