Cardiovasc Imaging Asia.  2021 Oct;5(4):139-144. 10.22468/cvia.2021.00276.

The Current Practice of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Congenital Heart Disease in Asia: A Survey to Promote a Better Future Practice

Affiliations
  • 1Diagnostic Imaging Center, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China
  • 2Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 3Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is an important noninvasive diagnostic imaging modality for evaluating children with congenital heart disease. However, pediatric CMR is not widely performed in Asia. This survey was conducted to check the current status of our clinical practice of pediatric CMR. Results from a web-based questionnaire were obtained from 12 hospitals in seven Asian countries. The questionnaire inquired about hospital size and type, staffing and operators, MRI scanner specifications, contrast agent type(s) and intravenous injection method(s), sedation, CMR protocols, clinical indications, postprocessing software, major research topics, major obstacles to clinical practice and research, and the expectation of education. This survey demonstrated that pediatric CMR protocols mostly correlate with expert consensus statements from other societies. Limited resources and high workloads were primary obstacles to clinical practice and research. The development of abbreviated protocols and good education programs may be helpful to improve our situation.

Keyword

Child; Congenital heart disease; Magnetic resonance imaging; Surveys and questionnaires; Asia
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