Three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging of congenital heart disease.

M. W. Vannier, F. R. Gutierrez, J. C. Laschinger, S. Gronemeyer, C. E. Canter, R. H. Knapp

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Three-dimensional surface reconstruction images of the heart and great vessels have been produced from contiguous sequences of EKG-triggered MRI scans in more than 35 patients with congenital heart disease and 5 normal subjects. The scan data was semiautomatically processed to separate the epi- and endocardial surfaces and to define the outlines of the enclosed blood volumes on a slice by slice basis. Surface reconstruction images aid communication with clinicians, establish the size and location of intracardiac defects, and image the pulmonary venous drainage. The method is practical for use in the evaluation of cardiac morphologic abnormalities, especially for planning cardiac surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-871
Number of pages15
JournalRadiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1988


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