The article provides expert opinion on the use of CMR in young patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) and in specific clinical situations.
The paper is very topical, since CMR is gaining an increasingly important role in the diagnostic evaluation of patients with CHD as well as in clinical decision making, including indicating the need for and in planning an intervention.
Twelve European experts from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)
and the Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC)
give their opinion on the indication, application and clinical relevance of CMR in each of the most frequent congenital heart lesions
. Settings and techniques used in paediatric CMR
, with particular attention to the peculiar aspects of imaging young children are also discussed in the first portion of the paper.
Expert consensus key points are highlighted at the end of each topic and in clear break down tables.
In the current era of multimodality imaging the readers will learn about the strengths of CMR
compared to other imaging modalities, the anatomical and functional information obtained by CMR and how to integrate it in clinical decision making
Thanks to an updated and comprehensive reference list topics of special interest can be separately deepened.
The recommendations provided are strongly clinically oriented
and have been formulated to address not only imagers performing CMR, but also all clinical cardiologists involved in the care of patients with CHD and who may be increasingly exposed to CMR.