The role of cardiovascular magnetic resonance in assessment of patients after radical surgical correction of tetralogy of Fallot
|K. Genova, A. Dasheva|
Surgical management of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) results in residual anatomic and functional abnormalities in majority of patients. Primarily considered as a benign pulmonary regurgitation with the time results in right ventricular overload, loses the compensatory mechanisms and irreversible right ventricular dilatation and dysfunction. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has evolved during the last two decades as the reference standard imaging modality to assess the anatomic and functional changes in patients with repaired TOF. This article reviews the role of CMR to assess the right ventricular function and to evaluate the degree of pulmonary regurgitation and comments some technical aspects, based to our experience.
key words: TETRALOGY OF FALLOT. CARDIOVASCULAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE. PULMONARY REGURGITATION. RIGHT VENTRICULAR ASSESSMENT