Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy is a congenital disease that may present with sudden cardiac death as the first manifestation. Standards for the difficult clinical diagnosis are the so-called modified Task Force criteria that incorporate imaging-based, electrocardiographic and anamnestic information. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the standard technique for imaging of the right ventricle and can compliment the recent ARVD/C diagnosis criteria by providing exact information on right ventricular size and function. It is the most reliable modality available for the detection of right ventricular aneurysms and the quantification of ventricular size. Furthermore, MRI is able to identify areas of fatty or fibrous replacement within the right ventricular myocardium in a non-invasive way. However, a suspicion of ARVD/C cannot be confirmed or excluded based on MRI findings alone. In clinical routine cardiac MRI is an enormously important component in the ARVD/C diagnostic toolbox; however, MRI can only act as one part of the diagnostic puzzle and should exclusively be performed by experienced centers using specifically tailored protocols.
|Translated title of the contribution||MRI for arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 01.01.2013|