Robust CT Protocols for Pediatric Cardiovascular Examinations
Pediatric cardiovascular disorders are extremely complex in nature and present with a widely variable array of abnormal anatomy. Imaging these disorders presents a unique set of challenges for the cardiovascular team. Complex anatomical variations require detailed volumetric image interpretation with high spatial and temporal resolution. In addition, the patients are invariably young. They may not co-operate with a lengthy scan procedure and sedation must be considered. Radiation dose must be of primary concern, as these patients will usually require periodic follow-up x-ray examination procedures.