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Congenital heart diseases – A CT-guided primer

    C. Loewe

    Congenital heart disease (CHD), the most frequent form of birth defect, is associated with a high mortality rate.

    The rapid improvement in CT technology and the substantial reduction of radiation doses made possible by the new CT scanning devices have dramatically changed the diagnostic approach to CHD in newborns, children and adults, by providing a non-invasive assessment of these abnormalities.

    In this videographic, Prof. Loewe outlines the advantages of cardiovascular CT in this setting and provides a short step-by-step guide to the CT scanning technique. From an initial description of the cardiovascular anatomy in CHD patients, the imaging features of cardiac anomalies are discussed, emphasizing the usefulness of CT for the study of specific structures and conditions.