How Are Vascular Rings Diagnosed?
Vascular rings are diagnosed in several different ways. A vascular ring may be diagnosed pre-natally (before birth), or post-natally (after birth), during an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). During this test, heart vessels are scanned for their placement in relation to the airway and esophagus.
All patients require a CT (computerized tomography) scan or cardiac MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) evaluation of the chest and a bronchoscopy by an Otolaryngology (ENT) specialist.
Typically, these studies can be accomplished within one day. All patients are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team which includes Otolaryngology, Medical Imaging and Cardiology.