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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor-In-Chief: Priyamvada Singh, M.B.B.S. [2], Cafer Zorkun, M.D., Ph.D. [3], Assistant Editor-In-Chief: Kristin Feeney, B.S. [4]

Overview

Computed tomography can be helpful as a diagnostic tool in conditions where the echocardiographic findings are inconclusive.

CT

Computed tomography (CT) can be used as a diagnostic modality in congenital heart diseases.

Advantages

  • Provides additional anatomic details compared to echocardiography.
  • It is done faster compared to MRI, thus avoiding the need for anesthesia in small children.

Disadvantages

  • Costly
  • Radiation can have long terms side-effect on growing children.

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