MR Imaging Evaluation of Pericardial Constriction

Robert Groves, Danielle Chan, Marianna Zagurovskaya, Shawn D. Teague

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Abnormal thickening or rigidity of the pericardium may compromise normal cardiac function. This condition is known as pericardial constriction, or constrictive pericarditis. Several imaging modalities are used to evaluate the pericardium, including MR, computed tomography, and echocardiography, which can all play a complementary role aiding diagnosis. This article focuses on MR imaging and its role in the detection and evaluation of pericardial constriction. MR imaging has many advantages compared with other modalities including precise delineation of the pericardial thickness, evaluation of ventricular function, detection of wall motion abnormalities, and provision of information about common (and potentially harmful) sequelae of pericardial constriction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Cardiac MR imaging
  • Constrictive pericarditis
  • Pericardial constriction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)

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