Purpose: The shunt patency and anatomic alteration of central PA after cavopulmonary connection was assessed by one phase electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) Methods: Thirteen patients that received a bi-directional cavo-pulmonary shunt (BCPS, n = 7) or total cavo-pulmonary connection (TCPC, n = 6) were included. The patency of the shunt and the anatomy of intra-pericardial PA were evaluated by EBCT, and compared by angiography and echocardiography. Results: EBCT accurately evaluated shunt patency and the anatomy of the intra-pericardial PA, except for the incorrect diagnosis of SVC-PA shunt patency and peripheral pulmonary stenosis in two TCPC patients. Both of these patients had bilateral SVC and received either bilateral BCPS or ligation of the left SVC respectively. The baffle between the IVC and PA was partly opacified through a fenestration of the baffle, but was not opacified in two patients without fenestration. Conclusion: EBCT accurately evaluated shunt patency and the anatomy of central PA, however, the accuracy was limited in two cases with bilateral SVC. The opacification of the intra-atrial baffle was insufficient in TCPC cases. Multi-phase CT angiography may overcome this limitation in this patient subset.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine