Complex 3D blood flow pathways in two cases of aorta to right heart fistulae: a 4D flow MRI study

Thakrar, D.; Popescu, A.; Gupta, S.; Freitas, Ad; Russell, H.; Carr, J.; Markl, M.

Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Sep 12; 31(8):1453-5

Abstract

We present an analysis of 3D blood flow in two cases of Sinus of Valsalva to right heart fistulae based on 4D flow MRI. Despite similar underlying pathology, 3D visualization revealed intricate differences in flow patterns connecting the systemic and pulmonary circulation. The cases illustrates the potential of 4D flow MRI to complement the evaluation of complex structural heart disease by assessing complex flow dynamics and providing quantitative information of flow ratios and flow rates.

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