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Imaging of the Pericardium

Breen, Jerome F. M.D

Cardiac Imaging, Part II: Original Articles

Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are modalities well suited for imaging of the pericardium and pericardial disease. Both offer excellent resolution with a wide field of view. Both have advantages and disadvantages when compared with each other and with echocardiography. Establishing the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis is a common indication for CT or MRI of the pericardium. Pericarditis, neoplasms, effusions, and congenital anomalies are additional conditions involving the pericardium that can be diagnosed with CT and MRI.

From the Mayo Clinic Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Jerome F. Breen, Mayo Clinic Foundation, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, 200 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.