Cardiac CT and MR evaluation of the adult fontan patient

Tiffanie R. Johnson, Margaret M. Samyn, Laureen Sena

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Congenital heart disease resulting in single ventricular physiology includes many diverse diagnoses (see Table 21.1). Optimal palliation for such patients requires that the ventricle act as the systemic pump and that a secure source of pulmonary blood flow is created. Unobstructed flow to the systemic and pulmonary circulations is the goal; optimally, widely patent aortic anatomy and branch pulmonary arteries are desirable. Due to complex anatomy and hemodynamics, any single ventricle patient with Fontan palliation requires continued meticulous medical surveillance. A critical component of this care involves advanced cardiac imaging. A multimodality imaging approach for the Fontan patient is best performed at a center with expertise in adult congenital heart disease and in-depth knowledge regarding the advantages and disadvantages of each imaging technique. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and multidetector cardiac computed tomography (MDCT) are the noninvasive, advanced cardiac imaging techniques presented here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCardiac CT and MR for Adult Congenital Heart Disease
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781461488750
ISBN (Print)1461488745, 9781461488743
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Johnson, T. R., Samyn, M. M., & Sena, L. (2013). Cardiac CT and MR evaluation of the adult fontan patient. In Cardiac CT and MR for Adult Congenital Heart Disease (Vol. 9781461488750, pp. 481-497). Springer New York.