Role of CT in Congenital Heart Disease

Prabhakar Rajiah, Sachin S. Saboo, Suhny Abbara

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Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are being increasingly encountered in cardiac imaging due to improved outcomes from surgical and interventional techniques. Imaging plays an important role in the evaluation of CHD, both prior to and after surgeries and interventions. Computed tomography (CT) has several advantages in the evaluation of these disorders, particularly its high spatial resolution, multi-planar reconstruction capabilities at sub-millimeter isotropic resolution, good temporal resolution, wide field of view, and rapid turnaround time, which minimizes the need for sedation and anesthesia in young children or children with disabilities. With modern scanners, images can be acquired as fast as within one heartbeat. Although there is a risk of ionizing radiation, the radiation dose can be minimized by using several dose reduction strategies. There is a risk of contrast nephrotoxicity in patients with renal dysfunction. In this article, we will review the role of CT in the evaluation of several congenital heart diseases, both in children and adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6
JournalCurrent Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Congenital
  • CT
  • Heart
  • Imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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