Congenital Heart and Great Vessel Disease

  • B. Smevik
  • G. Stake
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Modern radiological imaging has opened up new areas for precise diagnosis of congenital heart disease. The most important and frequently performed radiological examination is still chest radiography, but magnetic resonance imaging and multislice spiral computed tomography have gained much ground over the more invasive angiocardiography. Invasive studies are still needed in the more complex conditions or as postoperative controls, and also as a complement to the more and more frequently performed interventional procedures. In this chapter, the approach to patients with congenital heart and great vessel disease is presented. The different radiological modalities used to arrive at a proper diagnosis are discussed, together with their advantages and drawbacks. Examples of the most common congenital heart defects are given, and some very complex, rare cases that illustrate the need for a combination of different modalities are presented. Transcatheter interventional techniques will also be presented.


Pulmonary Artery Congenital Heart Disease Aortic Arch Left Atrium Ventricular Septal Defect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Smevik
    • 1
  • G. Stake
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Paediatric Radiology, Department of Radiology, RikshospitaletThe National HospitalOsloNorway

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