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Cardiovascular magnetic resonance assessment of adults late after an atrial redirection operation for transposition is demanding and time consuming. We hypothesised that the relatively fast and standardised 3-dimensional time-resolved contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography, or dynamic angiography, would be valuable in the periodic follow-up of these patients.
We investigated prospectively 36 adults with transposition using dynamic angiography, comparing our results against a comprehensive but non-contrast cardiovascular magnetic resonance protocol. We acquired 6 dynamic angiographic datasets after injection of contrast. The primary aim was to detect significant obstruction of the pathways for venous flow.
In 4 patients (11%), we found evidence of moderate-to-severe, and thus clinically important, obstruction of systemic venous channels on standard cardiovascular magnetic resonance. All these patients were correctly identified by dynamic angiography. In 4 additional patients, we found mild and haemodynamically insignificant obstructions in the systemic venous channels. Of the 8 (22%) patients with any obstruction, 6 were detected by angiography. There were no false positives reported, giving sensitivity of 75% and specificity of 100%, a positive predictive value of 100%, and negative predictive value of 93%. In 1 patient, there was a moderate obstruction of the pulmonary venous compartment which was not readily seen by dynamic angiography.
3-dimensional dynamic angiography is a useful method for detecting anatomically moderate-to-severe, but not mild, obstructions in the systemic venous channels following Mustard repair for transposition. This technique can be used as a single imaging method and/or as complimentary to standard two dimensional cardiovascular magnetic resonance techniques for detection of clinically important obstructions in the systemic venous channels.